An arrest has been made for a homicide investigation after Ithaca Police Department officers discovered the body of a deceased person early Tuesday morning. Ithaca Police Department officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Dryden Road in Collegetown after a report of a dead body, according to an IPD press release. Ithaca Fire Department was additionally dispatched to the site becuase of “indicators that a fire occurred inside the building,” according to the press release. On Wednesday morning, IPD released a statement identifying the victim as Josie Berrios, a resident of Ithaca. IPD began a death investigation on Tuesday, as the cause of death is undetermined, but “appear[s] to be suspicious in nature,” according to the press release.
At least seven Ithaca Police officers methodically combed through the parking lot behind Talk of the Town Nail Salon and Cornell Laundry and Cleaning Center on the 100 block of South Meadow Street around 7:30 p.m., about 10 minutes after they provided trauma care to the victim and used a tourniquet to slow the bleeding.
“What I want for [Green] is life in jail because my son will never be able to see the sun shine,” Nazaire said. “He will never be able to walk this earth anymore, but this criminal, he gets to live, he gets to be sleeping in a comfortable bed, he gets food, you understand? He gets to speak to his loved ones.”
So far, IPD says no evidence suggests that this stabbing was related to the homicide that resulted in the death of Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire, who was killed in front of Olin Hall exactly a month ago, on Aug. 28.
In an effort to address the tense student-police relations in Collegetown regarding the City of Ithaca Noise Ordinance, Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson assembled a group to discuss the issue. In attendance were Ed Vallely, the new Ithaca Police Chief, Nancy Schuler (D-4th Ward), Mary Tomlan ’71 (D-3rd Ward), Svante Myrick ’09 (D-4th Ward) and Student Assembly President Ryan Lavin ’09.
According to Peterson, she called the meeting after Lavin ’09,came to a Common Council meeting to address the problems with the noise ordinance and deteriorating student-police relations.
According to the City of Ithaca Noise Ordinance, a noise violation can be issued when a party or social event produces disruptive noise that carries at least 25 feet.