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Suspect Identified In Stabbing of Ithaca Policeman

Michael DeCastro, 57, of Ithaca was identified as the deceased suspect in the stabbing of an Ithaca Police officer, Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor announced in a press release. The random attack occurred Saturday morning at 6:30 A.M. in the lobby of the Ithaca Police Department and was carried out with a “large butcher-type knife” with a 9-inch blade. DeCastro was shot and killed by police, and the injured officer sustained minor injuries

 

Vestal Police Investigating Robbery at Local Restaurant

The Vestal Police are investigating a robbery that was reported to have occurred Friday night at around 10 P.M. at the CoreLife Eatery located in the University Plaza at 4700 Vestal Parkway East. The Broome County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a restaurant employee reporting that an unknown suspect entered the restaurant approximately 45 minutes after closing, brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from employees. The suspect was described as small in stature; approximately 5’ to 5’2” and weighing about 100 pounds. The suspect wore a white mask that had red lips and a defined chin. The mouth portion appeared open with teeth. The suspect was also described as wearing light blue jeans, grey hoodie and white sneakers. He left the store and fled in an unknown direction. No one was injured during the incident.

 

PA Jobless Rate Up to 4.3% in the month of November

Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose slightly in November, even as the number of nonfarm jobs hit a new record high. The state Labor and Industry Department said Friday the rate last month was 4.3%, up one-tenth of a percentage point from October. The national rate dropped slightly in November, to 3.5%. Pennsylvania has nearly 6.1 million jobs and is seeing the largest increase in leisure and hospitality employment. 

 

Corning Watching Salt Stock as Winter Arrives

Early snow may have caught some off guard, but not City Department of Public Works crews in Corning  say have already spread more than 600 tons of road salt on city streets to fight snow storms. “We are early in the season, so we will need to be careful how much overtime and road salt we use,” said City Manager Mark Ryckman. “This could be a long winter.” The city tries to limit the amount of salt spread on streets each year to reduce cost, according to Ryckman. “We still have an adequate amount for this season,” Ryckman said. “However, we will be regularly monitoring usage in case we need a budget transfer.” The 600 tons of road salt used so far amounts to about $34,000 in cost to the city. The average annual use for the past several years has been 1,865 tons per year, Ryckman said.

 

His Tabernacle hosts Christmas Mass

Community members in Horseheads gathered for a special Christmas Mass at His Tabernacle Church on Sunday. The first mass took place at 9 a.m. and the second was hosted at 11 o'clock. Dozens of visitors and congregation members sang songs, heard from a childrens' choir, and experienced a live nativity petting zoo. They also enjoyed a theater production of an original play showcasing the true meaning of Christmas. There will also be a Christmas Eve mass on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There, families can enjoy cookie decorating, as well as a candle lit service. The His Tabernacle campuses located in Horseheads, Ithaca and Mansfield.

 

O’Malley Hall in Bath Hosting Christmas Day Lunch

There will be a free Christmas Day lunch held at St. Mary’s O’Malley Hall in Bath at noon on Christmas Day. There will be plenty of to eat, including Baked ziti, freshly baked rolls with butter, salad, and many other treats

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