Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | June 19 - 26

These are the top local stories of the past week.

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1 – Main Street could soon be lined with police cameras

More police cameras expected on Cortland's Main Street – City lawmakers will soon decide whether or not to permit the city’s police department to install 15 additional police cameras in the downtown area. There are currently four police cameras on Main Street, including two at the intersection of West Court and Main Street, one at the intersection of Port Watson and Main Street and another at the intersection of Tompkins and Main Street. The fifteen additional cameras would be placed at various locations on Main Street from Williams Street to Groton Avenue. A camera would also be placed on Central Avenue off of Main Street.


2 – Patrol officers involved in crash

Cortland County sheriff's deputies involved in crash – A patrol vehicle belonging to the Cortland County Sheriff' Office collided with another vehicle in the town of Virgil Monday morning, causing minor injuries to occupants in both vehicles, the sheriff's office said in a news release today.

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3 – A local coffee shop has an eye toward the future

How Coffee Mania became a staple for coffee fanatics in Cortland – Since opening their doors—or windows—in 1999, Coffee Mania has become a staple for early morning risers, college students, and coffee fanatics in the Cortland area and beyond. Serving up a delicious variety of coffee and baked goods from their Cortland drive-thru locations and Origins Café in Homer, Coffee Mania is renowned for establishing a new era of “coffee culture” here in our humble town. But what’s the real story behind the success of this mom-and-pop coffee shop?

Craig and Michelle Brooks, co-owners of Coffee Mania (photo provided)

Craig and Michelle Brooks, co-owners of Coffee Mania (photo provided)

4 – Six-month jail term for accused rapist

Man pleads guilty to Groton rape, sex abuse – A man pleaded guilty to raping a person less than 17-years-old and sex abuse last week in Tompkins County Court. David A. Reap, 21, accepted a 6-month jail term and 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to second-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse. The plea also covered a charge for endangering the welfare of a child and attempted first-degree rape.

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5 – Wild police chase leads to arrest

Auburn woman takes police on more than 85 mph chase through Tompkins County – A woman led police on an 85 mph chase through Tompkins County Friday, ramming police vehicles and avoiding tire deflation devices along the way, officials said in a news release.


6 – Alum tapped for top hockey position

SUNY Cortland alum named head coach of AHL's Iowa Wild – Former Cortland men's ice hockey goalie Derek Lalonde '95 was named head coach of the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) on June 18. The Wild are the top minor-league affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, and have been located in Des Moines, Iowa, since 2013 after previously being known as the Houston Aeros from 1994-2013.

Derek Lalonde

7 – Local man sentenced in upstate New York rape

Report: Cortland man sentenced in rape of St. Lawrence County teen – A Cortland man who previously pleaded guilty in the rape of an upstate New York teen last summer has been sentenced to three years in prison. Christopher G. Wing, 31, of Cortland, was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court, according to the Watertown Daily Times. He was also sentenced to 15 years of post-release supervision.


8 – Poet's Landing plans expansion

More affordable housing planned at Dryden's Poet's Landing – It's no secret that a lack of affordable housing is an issue in Tompkins County. Conifer LLC is hoping to make a dent in the deficit. The Rochester-based company is moving forward with plans for a second phase of the Poet's Landing affordable apartment project in the village of Dryden, across the street from Dryden High School. Conifer was just awarded $1.6 million in a Housing Trust Fund grant from the State of New York's Homes and Community Renewal division, and$734,956 in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) to help finance construction of the new apartments.

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9 – Tompkins County District Attorney announces retirement

Tompkins County DA retires: 'It's the last thing I wanted to do' – Tompkins District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson is retiring early from her position due to a health reason, an official confirmed Thursday morning. Wilkinson, who became the district attorney in 2005, has had ongoing health issues. She took several weeks off from her post in late February until around April of this year.

Gwen Wilkinson

Gwen Wilkinson

10 – Wrong way: man charged with DWI

Man charged with DWI after driving wrong way on I-81 in Homer – A Madison County man was charged with driving while intoxicated after traveling the wrong way on Interstate 81 in Cortland County on Friday, according to New York State Police.

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