Owego Man Arrested for Child Pornography

As your Hometown Station News Radio WEBO first reported Thursday morning, state and Owego police executed a search warrant Thursday at Apartment 2F at 61 North Avenue in Owego.

Arrested was 49 year old Mark Moseman, who lived in the apartment, on two felony charges … possessing a sexual performance of a child less than 16 years old and promoting a sexual performance by a child less than 17 years old, according to police.

These charges are related to digital child images that Moseman possessed and disseminated using the Internet, according to police documents.

The raid followed a joint investigation with the New York State Police Computer Crime Unit following after police got tips about the illegal activity. About a dozen state and Owego police were on the scene and carried out two cardboard boxes of likely evidence against Moseman.

State police said Moseman was arraigned in the Town of Owego Court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $15,000.00 cash bail or $30,000.00 property bond.

Two other people who live in the apartment were questioned and released once police determined they weren’t involved.

American Red Cross Names New Executive Director

The American Red Cross has named a new Executive Director for the Southern Tier. Colleen McCabe started working with the American Red Cross in 2012 as a disaster preparedness coordinator. McCabe has a bachelor’s in Political Science from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Binghamton University. As the newly appointed executive director for the Southern Tier, McCabe will oversee operations in Broome, Chenango, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

Fiala Recognizes Domestic Violence Month

State Senate candidate Barbara Fiala has recognized October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Fiala says that, if elected, she would push for several pieces of legislation to better help victims of domestic violence, including eliminating housing or workplace discrimination against victims, and requiring translation of domestic violence complaints. Fiala’s campaign says an estimated 70% of domestic violence cases go unreported, and in 2014 alone, over 24,000 people were turned away from shelters. Barbara Fiala is running against Republican candidate Fred Akshar for State Senate in November.

Akshar Reveals Plans to Help Farmers

After talking with several local farmers, Fred Akshar has released initiatives designed to grow family farms. Akshar has named three main initiatives, including: tax relief, education, and encouraging to buy local. Under his tax relief initiative, Akshar plans to expand the STAR property tax program to include both farm business in addition to farmers’ homes, as well as create tax-free farm savings accounts. For education, Akshar hopes to strengthen the state’s Young Farmer Loan Forgiveness Program, and provide additional funding for public schools to include agriculture in their curricula. To encourage more people to buy local, Akshar wants to create incentives, like tax credits, for companies to use New York-produced ingredients in their products.

Changes Coming for the VA Healthcare Facility in Binghamton

Plans are being made by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to close their facilities in the Greater Binghamton Healthcare Center on Robinson Street, and open a new and expanded facility on Court Street in Binghamton. The move is being made to not only expand the physical size of the facility, but also to allow room for expanded healthcare services. Renovations of the future healthcare facility are expected to be finished by next winter, with patients being welcomed six months after that.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Receives $10,000

Children across six local counties will soon be benefiting from a $10,000 grant given to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The money is being given through the Red Nose Day Fund, and is being used to fund the food bank’s BackPack program, which, for $3, feeds children through the weekend. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack program serves 2,850 children each week.

Broome County Schools Receiving Money to Promote Health

Several Broome County schools will be receiving a portion of a grant intended to promote wellness and prevent obesity. The “Creating Healthy Schools and Communities” grant was awarded to the Broome County Health Department through the New York State Department of Health. The grant will allow select Broome County Schools to be able to provide healthier food options, add fitness equipment to their facilities, as well as add fitness programs within the community. The grant will be expanded over the next five years.

Akshar Meets with Local Farmers

State Senator Candidate Fred Akshar met with several local farmers to discuss farming in the Southern Tier. Brought up at this meeting were some of the things troubling local farmers, including the impact of taxes as well as overregulation. There are 3,000 farms in the four counties that comprise the 52nd district of the state senate. These farms collectively are said to be a $180 Million a year industry. Akshar says that QUOTE ” Supporting farmers and employers is key to getting the Southern Tier’s economy back on track” END QUOTE. Fred Akshar is running against democratic candidate Barbara Fiala for the 52nd District State Senate seat in November.

Attorneys General Show Concern over Liquid Nicotine

Attorneys General from 33 different states, including New York and Pennsylvania have co-signed a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to be proactive in it’s attempt to limit children’s exposure to electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine. According to the press release sent out of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, in 2014, 3,783 calls were made to poison control centers in regards to exposure to liquid nicotine. Half of those calls were for children under the age of 5. The letter sent to the FDA, encourages the agency to issue more warnings about the dangers of liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes, and require all e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine refills be sold in child-proof containers.