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

Travel restrictions in place in parts of New York; 2-4 inches still expected in Ithaca

weather_alert_winter

State shutting down heavily-traveled highway in Hudson Valley, Catskills; delays expected on roads, at airports

in Local

Ferguson vigil turns into march; protesters shut down part of Route 13

Route 13 block

Planned vigil turned into march; police closed down multiple streets throughout Ithaca

in Local

Faith leaders decry legislative pay hike

state leg

Nuns and other faith leaders are pushing back on efforts by New York state lawmakers to raise their own salaries.

in Local

Tompkins County unemployment dips below 4%

TompkinsCounty

The Ithaca-area continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in all of New York State, now dipping below 4%.

in Local

Funeral services set for Army veteran killed in western New York snowstorm

Local_News41-620x400

Robert Cedar, 30, of Pennsylvania was killed while trying to help clear snow away from father's truck