Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | June 26 – July 3

These are the top local stories of the past week.

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1 – County official: Tobacco law actually passed

Cortland County raises legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 — After initially believing the measure had failed to garner enough votes, a county official has confirmed that a misinterpretation of Cortland County’s weighted voting system led to an error in the failed passage of a controversial piece of legislation.

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2 – Homer woman admits to role in teen daughters’ kidnapping

Report: Homer woman pleads guilty to conspiracy in daughters’ abduction — A Homer woman admitted to her role in a conspiracy to kidnap her teen daughters from foster care in Broome County Court Friday. Cindy L. Fortner, 36, of Cold Brook Road, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fourth-degree conspiracy, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reports. She is expected to be sentenced Sep. 20 to 2 to 8 years in prison.

Cindy Fortner

Cindy Fortner

3 – SUNY Cortland pitcher gets MLB contract

SUNY Cortland’s Turner Parry signs free agent contract with Los Angeles Angels — SUNY Cortland senior pitcher Turner Parry (Syracuse/West Genesee) has signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He is the 22nd Cortland player since 1994 to sign a professional contract, including 13 with major league organizations. Parry will start with the Angels’ rookie team in the Arizona League.

Turner Parry (photo courtesy of Darl Zehr Photography)

Turner Parry (photo courtesy of Darl Zehr Photography)

4 – Cortland man treated for stab wounds following argument with son

Police: Cortland man stabbed by son following dispute — A Cortland man was treated for stab wounds Thursday following a physical domestic dispute at a home in Greene, N.Y., according to New York State Police. Anthony L. Bowman was charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony.

Anthony A. Bowman

Anthony L. Bowman

5 – Former Cortland judge, district attorney dies at 83

Obituary: Richard Shay, former Cortland judge and district attorney, dies at 83 — Richard J. Shay, 83, of Cortland, passed away June 24, 2016 at Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville, New York. In 1979, Shay was elected Cortland County District Attorney, serving the county in that capacity until 1997. After leaving the district attorney’s office, Richard served as a United States Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration until 2001.

Richard Shay with his wife, Dorothy Mulholland Shay

Richard Shay with his wife, Dorothy Mulholland Shay

6 – ‘The Jug’ is coming to Brockport

Red Jug Pub opening location in Brockport — The owners of a popular Cortland bar have announced plans to open a location in the city of Brockport. “With locations in Cortland and Oneonta, the Red Jug looks forward to being a vital part of the revitalized canal area in Brockport,” owner Tom Terwilliger said in a press release.

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7 – Cortland Repertory Theatre announces summer season

Here’s what’s playing at Cortland Repertory Theatre this summer — Cortland Repertory Theatre, one of New York State’s longest running professional summer theatres, is celebrating their 45 th annual season this summer. Having completed their first show of the summer, which was the farce The Fox on the Fairway, the theatre is now running the American musical classic “West Side Story” until July 9.

All photos by Eric Behnke

All photos by Eric Behnke

8 – Reported accident leads to DWI charge

Truxton woman charged with DWI after crash — A Cortland County woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after reportedly sliding off the road in the town of Truxton Friday.

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9 – Cortland garage fire caused by ‘improperly displaced charcoal’

Cortland firefighters extinguish garage fire — One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a garage caught fire on Grace Street Thursday evening.

Photos courtesy of Cortland Professional Firefighters Association

Photo courtesy of Cortland Professional Firefighters Association

10 – TC3 tuition increase approved by county lawmakers

Cortland County Legislature approves TC3 budget, tuition increase — The Cortland County Legislature voted this morning to contribute $1.7 million to the 2016-2017 operating budget of Tompkins Cortland Community College. Under the proposed budget, students would see a $140 increase in full-time tuition to $4,790 per year, an increase of roughly 3 percent.

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