Danby man charged with armed robbery of Tompkins Trust Company

first_imgYour Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — In September, the Tompkins Trust Company bank on South Meadow Street in Ithaca was robbed at gunpoint by a masked suspect. Ithaca police now say they have arrested a man in connection with the crime.Caleb M. Kuhns, 18, of Danby, has been charged with first-degree robbery, a felony. Police say on Sept. 20, 2018, Kuhns entered the bank, pointed a pistol at bank employees, demanded cash and left with about $4,750.A few days after the incident, police released surveillance video from the bank that showed a masked suspect aim a handgun at tellers before fleeing the bank with money. Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor According to court records filed in Ithaca City Court, Kuhns admitted to “the commission of the robbery” on Sept. 20 during a recorded interview with investigators.Related: Police seeking suspect who robbed Tompkins Trust CompanyRelated: FBI and local police pursue suspect in recent bank robberyThe Ithaca Police Department said in a news release Tuesday that the arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation that involved cooperation between the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Cornell University Police, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Candor Police Department.Kuhns was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Tagged: Armed robbery, ipd, Ithaca City Court, ithaca police department, tompkins trust company last_img read more

Ecosystems under siege

first_imgA man passionate about the Amazon rainforest, a woman committed to safeguarding the world’s water, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner were all part of a Harvard discussion Wednesday (April 14) about the future of the planet.And much of what they outlined wasn’t good.The environmental experts offered dire warnings and grim predictions about the Earth’s future, even as they offered glimmers of hope.The scholars were part of the fourth and final panel celebrating the Harvard Extension School‘s 100th anniversary. It was titled “Sustaining Our Earth’s Ecosystems.” Steve Curwood ’69,  executive producer and host of the National Public Radio program “Living on Earth,” was the moderator. He asked the panelists what they saw as the greatest challenge facing the planet.It’s man’s “disconnect with the environment,” said Eric Chivian, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. People don’t realize that what they do has tremendous impact, both on the environment and their health, argued the founder and director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. In addition, because the loss of biodiversity happens so slowly, he noted, the problem is too “abstract” for many to comprehend.Climate change “is so hard to see; it’s so hard to experience in our everyday lives.”Panelist Mark Plotkin was a high school dropout who was working moving dinosaur bones around Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology when he became hooked on the Amazon and its issues after taking a class with former Harvard professor Richard Schultes. People need to understand that the Earth’s problems are all interconnected, he said.Forest destruction is a main cause of climate change, said the Harvard Extension School graduate and authority on ecosystems, who went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees and found the Amazon Conservation Team.Plotkin, who has worked for years in the Amazon rain forest with indigenous peoples examining how their shamans use jungle plants for medicine, is also working with the same indigenous populations to help save the area’s forests.Such conservation work is critical, he said, because the greatest threat to mankind is “drug-resistant bacteria.” If staphylococcus aureus swaps genes with streptococcus, “It’s going to melt the human race like a wax museum on fire,” said Plotkin. “Eighty percent of antibiotics still come from nature,” and the richest source of life is the Amazon.“We need to know that when we are destroying Mother Nature, we are destroying ourselves,” Plotkin said.People fail to understand how their actions directly impact the environment, echoed Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. “Our choices have far-reaching consequences to people on the other side of the globe. … [Forgetting that fact] is something that everybody is guilty of.”The problem is endemic, said the water advocate, who described exploring with other environmentalists how overfishing had damaged a remote village, and then watching in horror as her colleagues ordered the very same endangered fish at lunch in a nearby restaurant.There’s an “inability to understand the cycle that starts happening because of our choices,” said Cousteau, who noted that governments, industries, environmental organizations, communities, and indigenous groups all have roles to play in changing the dialogue.The panelists also discussed how they became involved in their work.Chivian, who won the Nobel Prize in 1985 for helping to develop International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, said his seminal moment came as a young physician. He recalled how a former professor helped to halt U.S. government’s plans for a fleet of supersonic transport planes by testifying that their nitrogen exhaust would harm the ozone and cause a rapid rise in malignant melanomas.I realized that “ultimately environmental issues are issues of human health,” said Chivian, co-author of the 2008 book “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity.”Cousteau’s love of water came, unsurprisingly, from her grandfather, who took her on her first scuba dive at age 7. “I was hooked,” said Cousteau.The environmentalist is planning a four-month trip across the United States this summer to explore the nation’s water issues. The work will be part of her nonprofit Blue Legacy project that advocates the conservation of the world’s water resources.Ultimately, there is still hope for the planet, said the speakers.Like in the past, as children learned in school about the dangers of smoking and became the most effective opponents when they took the warnings home to their smoker parents, working environmental education into school curricula will be an effective way forward, said Chivian.Additionally, he said, big businesses understand there are savings involved in using more environmentally friendly practices, and money to be made in the business of renewable energy.“There are big bucks in going green, and that’s a big, important development.”Plotkin offered a further note of hope, saying, “These problems were all caused by people. They can be solved by people.”The speakers’ comments were “gratifying, frightening, and inspiring,” Jack Spengler said near the conclusion of the two-hour talk at Lowell Lecture Hall. Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at Harvard and director of the Extension School’s Graduate Program in Sustainability and Environmental Management.The Harvard Extension School will sponsor one additional public event in celebration of its centennial. On May 14, Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the Centennial Lowell Lecture titled “The Tethered Life: Technology Reshapes Intimacy and Solitude.” For more information.last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set for Milan return

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is willing to return to Milan despite having to spend 14 days in self-isolation upon his arrival.Advertisement La Gazzetta dello Sport claims the 38-year-old, if it depended only on him, would have liked to remain in Sweden for now. Loading… Previously it was reported that the Rossoneri attacker was awaiting a set date for the resumption in Italy, but he is willing to return to Italy.Once he is back, will be undergoing the medical checks provided by the protocol and spend 14 days in quarantine, like the rest of the players arriving from abroad.Read Also: Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to JuventusZlatan has been keeping fit with Hammarby in his native Sweden and his future at Milan beyond the current season is uncertain.Since his return to Serie A in January, the former Juventus and Inter star has scored four goals and provided one assist in his 10 games for the Diavolo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

US plans to enforce visa restrictions for pregnant women

first_imgThe Trump administration is planning to come out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have legal status.Under the new rules it would make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa. Women would have to convince a consular officer that they have another legitimate reason to come to the U.S.Consular officers would have to determine whether a visa applicant would be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth.Reports say, birth tourism has been a ongoing for a long time now, and has even become a money-making business. There have been multiple arrests for operators of birth tourism agencies for visa fraud or tax evasion.Although coming to the U.S. to give birth is fundamentally legal, the draft rule is “intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry,” a State Department spokesperson said.last_img read more