Local

Cortlandville standoff ends with arrest

A standoff at a home in Cortlandville ended without injury Saturday night.

State Police say John Downes, 55, of Watertown, was involved in an argument with another man at a home in 1100 block of Hillcrest Drive. Downes allegedly had a handgun during the argument.

Police got to the house at about 6 p.m., and found that the one man had gotten outside, leaving only Downes in the home. Police then tried to make contact with Downes inside.

The stand-off lasted nearly three hours, but before 9 p.m., Downes exited the house and was taken into custody.

He faces charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Emergency crews shut down a portion of Route 281 throughout the stand-off, closing the roadway between Fisher Avenue and Interstate 81.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, City of Cortland Police Department, Cortlandville Fire Department, and Town of Homer Fire Department were all called to the scene as well.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Official says debris matches airplane model of missing Malaysia Airliner

Local_News41-620x400

The photographs of the debris from the Indian Ocean are of a Boeing 777.

in Local

NY Assembly Speaker: education is “always top of the list”

Carl Heastie

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie toured Cornell University and Northeast Elementary School during his visit in Ithaca.

in Local

Jets training camp begins, but not in Cortland

Former New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan with SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum at the Jets Summer Training Camp in July 2014

The New York Jets will not be holding their summer training camp at SUNY Cortland this year, or in the foreseeable future.

in Local

Man charged in Cayuga Lake boating accident

Crime 3

The boating accident happened when a boat driven by Daniel Balmer hit a navigation post in the lake.

in Local

Ithaca College group working to protect President Grant’s cottage

ithaca college3

The work is part of the local effort to get the cottage declared a National Historic Landmark.