Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | January 24 - January 31

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1 – More than two dozen SUNY Cortland students are arrested

Cortland police hit bars, arrest 28 people for using fake IDs – The City of Cortland Police Department once again teamed up with investigators from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to crack down on underage drinking at downtown bars. Of the 28 arrested, 26 were SUNY Cortland students.


2 – For SUNY Cortland alum, the Super Bowl is just another day at work

SUNY Cortland grad will be gatekeeper at Super Bowl 50 – If you want to get on the field for Super Bowl 50, you’ll have to go through a SUNY Cortland graduate to do it. No, that isn’t an open invitation from Katie Keenan ’06, M ’10 to Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area on Feb. 7. But it’s another way of saying that the former sport management major is trusted with a crucial job for one of the world’s most visible sporting events.

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Katie Keenan with Vince de la Montaigne, the head of stadium security, at Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Ariz.

3 – Man dies in suspected arson case in Groton

Update: Man dies after being critically injured in suspected Groton arson – A man is dead after being critically injured in a Groton apartment fire that officials suspect is arson, police said. The man died on Tuesday, according to Lt. Tim Williams, of the Village of Groton Police Department.

Photo courtesy of the Village of Groton Police Department/Facebook

Photo courtesy of the Village of Groton Police Department/Facebook

4 – College basketball game raises money for a good cause

SUNY Cortland Basketball game raises money for cancer research – The annual SUNY Cortland Basketball vs. Cancer Night, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, was held on Friday, January 27. The Red Dragons men's and women's basketball teams fell to SUNY Oneonta in both matchups.

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5 – Two people are charged with murder in the death of a Dryden man

Reports: Dryden man found dead, 2 from Geneva charged – A Dryden man was found dead in Georgia and two people from Geneva have been charged with his murder, reports say. Duane Hollenbeck, 59, was found dead Dec. 12 at the Chickamauga Battlefield in Georgia, according to the Times Free Press.

Robert Brooks and Jennifer Demott (Provided by the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office).

Robert Brooks and Jennifer Demott (Provided by the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office).

6 – Campus police trained to be more aware of bias

SUNY Cortland police undergo bias awareness training – SUNY Cortland University Police officer Amanda Wasson is among a select group who soon will train officers and administrators across the SUNY campuses to be aware of bias and ensure that it does not affect their interactions with the public.

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7 – Email scam circulating in Cortland area

Cortland sheriff warns of email scam – The Cortland County Sheriff's Department has been notified of an active phishing email threat circulating in the past two weeks.


8 – Groton man sentenced in sexual abuse case

Groton man gets 4 years in prison for sexually abusing 13-year-old girl – A Groton man was sentenced to 4 years in prison Monday morning for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl on at least one occasion in 2014.


9 – SUNY Cortland president talks gender issues in latest campus forum

SUNY Cortland president to discuss gender identity, sexual orientation – SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum discussed gender identity and sexual orientation on Thursday, Jan. 28, continuing a yearlong conversation series on crucial campus topics.


10 – Former candidate for governor arrested in Crestwood protest

Former gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins arrested at Crestwood protest – Howie Hawkins, a two-time challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo representing the Green Party, was arrested for protesting at the Crestwood Gas Facility at Seneca Lake, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.


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