Hawk rescue

The Weedsport Fire Department rescues a hawk stuck in a tree in Cato Dec. 3.


MISS: To what appears to be nothing more than an old-fashioned con.

The Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn was warning people this week about a man soliciting donations in Auburn. The center said it was asked to take part in an event involving free haircuts but became more than a little suspicious when the man pushing the idea failed to follow through with the necessary paperwork but nonetheless began asking area businesses for donations.

The man claims to run a children's charity in Onondaga County, but the Auburn Police Department is looking into his suspicious fundraising activities here.

HIT: To going above and beyond the call of duty.

When a hawk was discovered stuck in a tree in Cato recently, the state Department of Environmental Conservation found that the bird had a trap on one of its legs and that a chain on the trap was wrapped around a tree branch.

Members of the Weedsport Volunteer Fire Department brought a ladder truck to the scene so that the hawk could be safely removed from its predicament.

The bird was reported to be uninjured but was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for observation.

MISS: To accusations that a man stole more than $175,000.

Auburn police said that man used his grandfather's identity to buy a $70,000 truck, withdraw $18,000 cash and take out loans of $17,000 and $25,000. He is also accused of using another relative's identity to take out another $48,000 in loans.

He now stands accused of eight felonies.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.