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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 18, 2020

NY averaging less than 1% positive coronavirus tests

Friday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo released the latest coronavirus numbers for New York State. The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are the lowest they’ve been since March 18th, with 765 people in the hospital with coronavirus-related issues. However, this past Thursday, there were 10 COVID-19 deaths reported. New York State still leads the nation in testing. 78,239 tests were conducted on Thursday, with 776 of those tests being positive, which is a less than 1% infection rate.


Dryden man arrested after domestic dispute in Ithaca

A Dryden man is facing felony charges, after a stabbing occurred amid a domestic dispute. New York State Police at Ithaca arrested Michael DeAugustine, age 24, this past Wednesday. Troopers and deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 complaint of a dispute on Third Street in Dryden, where DeAugustine allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old male in the arm. The victim was transported to Guthrie Cortland. DeAugustine, meanwhile, was arrested and arraigned virtually. He was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He now faces several charges including two felonies -- Assault in the second degree, Strangulation in the second degree, and he has been charged with the misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree.


NYS sees rise in domestic violence cases amidst pandemic

Recently, according to the New York State website, there has been an uptick in domestic violence cases throughout New York State. Governor Cuomo announced that domestic violence cases are up 30% state wide. Local services in the Southern Tier say they've seen an increase in the number of people reaching out since the start of the pandemic. From March to June, Schuyler Director for First Step Victim Services, Ashley Kerrick, says they've opened 59 new and ongoing cases, helped 25 people on a one-time basis and taken 159 hotline calls since the start of the pandemic.


NYS Recruit Firefighter Training program produces 21 new graduates

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has announced the graduation of 21 new firefighters from the state’s Recruit Firefighter Training program at the Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls. The graduates hail from 14 different fire departments and represent the Academy’s 79th Recruit Firefighter Training class. The class completed the-11-week program which included in excess of 500 hours of training in both classroom and practical settings, with portions of their training being done remotely due to the ongoing pandemic. All recruits will become full-time firefighters in their respective fire departments when they return home.


Pop-up drive-in theater in Ithaca opens

Ithaca native Kevin Sullivan opened a pop-up drive-in theater on the City project site at 101 Pier road. Friday night they sold out tickets to Jurassic Park and tonight, they will be showing Minions. Depending on the demand, there could be shows playing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for the next three months. Speaking of the importance of safety when it comes to the drive-in and the precautions he and his colleagues are taking to ensure a safe environment, Sullivan said “Everywhere masks are required all of our staff are wearing masks, we are spacing out cars more than 6 feet apart with often times 10 to 20 feet apart so there is space to drive , drive in theaters have a natural ability for being good for social distancing.”.

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