Andrew Kalet of the Auburn Police Department handles K-9 Officer Pikachu at an Auburn City Council meeting in 2015.

HIT: To a drug sweep that came up empty.

Law enforcement personnel — including six sharp-nosed canines — checked out lockers, classrooms and other areas of Auburn High School and Auburn Junior High School Monday morning but found no drugs and made no arrests. The sweeps are coordinated with the school district but come as a surprise to students, parents and staff.

Police said that they are not naive enough to believe that drugs are absent in the community but it's good that they don't seem to be a particular problem in Auburn's schools.

MISS: Some fish caught in Owasco Lake may not be safe to consume.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently issued an advisory for fish that may contain high levels of mercury. The DEC said that yellow perch, smallmouth bass, walleye and rainbow trout may contain unsafe levels of mercury, and people are advised to limit their consumption. Older fish tend to have higher levels than younger and smaller fish. The DEC notes that drinking water from the lake serviced by the city of Auburn and town of Owasco remains safe to drink.

HIT: To a new spot for an old favorite.

Iginio Labaro, of Locke, is no stranger to the pizza business, having opened his first restaurant 50 years ago and running similar businesses in Cato, Weedsport and Moravia. Next week, he will open up shop in Auburn Plaza on Grant Avenue.

Mamma Maria New York Pizzeria will seat about 35 and employ 10. It is expected to be opened by Tuesday, April 16.

The Citizen editorial board includes interim publisher Thomas Salvo, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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