These are the top local stories of the past week.
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1 – Tragic boating accident results in severe injuries for 8-year-old Homer girl
Homer girl lost arm, leg in Skaneateles boating accident — Kaelynne Driscoll, 8, of Homer, remains in critical condition at Upstate Medical University. Christopher Driscoll and his daughter Kaelynne were inner tubing on Skaneateles Lake when they struck a wake, ejecting both of them into the water. As the boat that was towing them circled around, the girl and her father were struck by the boat's propellers, deputies said in a news release Wednesday. The GoFundMe page for the Driscoll family has raised more than $19,000 since Wednesday.
2 – Arrests made in April burglary
Two Cortland men charged in April burglary — Authorities have filed charges against two Cortland residents in connection with an April burglary in the town of Homer. On July 5, authorities arrested Artis L. Young, 24, of South Avenue, and Daryl B. Eaton, 25, of Main Street. Both were charged with three felony counts of burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief, as well as one misdemeanor conspiracy charge, in connection with the burglary of a home in the town of Homer back in April.
3 – Custom-made benches added to Main Street
Cortland business owners help bring benches to Main Street — Residents will now have more seating options next time they walk on Main Street thanks to a collaborative effort involving local business owners, the Cortland Downtown Partnership and the city of Cortland. Doug Clark, founder of the Doug’s Fish Fry franchise, approached the CDP’s Volunteer Design Committee last year to address the lack of seating available in the downtown area. After hearing Clark's request, the committee decided to allocate money from a New York Main Street “streetscape” grant to help fund the addition of three new benches downtown. Clark then enlisted support from John Searls, owner of Bill Bros. Dairy and Farm Market, to match the grant resources and sponsor three custom-made benches.
4 – Registration now open for free health care event
Free health care event to bring 100 U.S. military personnel to Cortland — Between July 15–24, 2016, more than 100 service members—including active guard and reservists from the Army, Navy and Air National Guard—will be coming to provide basic healthcare to our community. Patients will be offered services in medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care at no cost. (Services will be available between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Homer Intermediate/Junior High School, 58 Clinton Street, Homer, NY 13077.
5 – Live music coming to Main Street
Cortland Main Street Music Series runs now through end of July — A Louisiana-based American dance band will kick off this year's Cortland Main Street Music Series in downtown Cortland Friday. All concerts are free and take place at 64 Main Street. Food and beverage is provided by The Deli Downtown and the Cortland Beer Company.
6 – Cortlandville man to spend up to 4 years in prison in rape case
Cortlandville man sentenced for rape of a minor — A Cortlandville man was sentenced to up to four years in prison Tuesday in connection with the rape of a girl who was less than 17 years old. John Q. Means, 46, of North Homer Avenue, had originally been charged with two felony counts of third-degree rape and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. As part of his plea deal, Means previously agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender, according to an official with the county court clerk's office.
7 – Cortland K9 gets new vest
Donation funds vest for Cortland County sheriff's K9 — The Cortland County Sheriff's Office K9 "Frenky" will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Frenky's vest will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In memory of K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Bureau of Police," according to Capt. Robert Derksen with the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.
8 – Dryden event honors Dallas shooting victims
Dryden community gathers to remember Dallas police officers killed in shooting — About 50 people gathered in front of the Dryden Fire Station Friday evening to pay respects to the five Dallas police officers who were killed during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas Thursday night.
9 – Cortland man charged with three felonies for allegedly selling drugs
Warrant leads to arrest of Cortland man on drug charges — The Cortland County Sheriff's Office served an arrest warrant at a Cortland home on Tuesday, June 28, related to the possession and sale of a controlled substance, an official with the sheriff's office announced Tuesday.
10 – Cortland assemblywoman calls for temporary ban on new pipelines
Lifton calls for moratorium on new pipelines, gas storage facilities — New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton [D/WFP 125-AD) has sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for a temporary ban on state approvals for new pipelines, compressor stations, power plants and gas storage facilities. Lifton, whose district covers Tompkins County as well as the city of Cortland, the town of Cortlandville and the town of Virgil, says the moratorium would allow for an investigation into the practices of pipeline operators that were cited in a March 2016 report from state comptroller Tom DiNapoli.