A Bradford County man was killed in a crash over the weekend. Police say Derek Pierce of Gillet was killed when his car drove off the road, into an embankment, and hit a tree on Route 14 in South Creek Township around 5am Saturday. Pierce was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
The Johnson City Police Department has arrested a Binghamton man for causing a disturbance at the Wal-Mart that included breaking the cell phone of the store’s manager. Police say it started on May 12 when 27-year-old Jonathan Morales was not allowed to buy alcohol and asked to leave the store. He refused and grabbed the cell phone out of the store manager’s hand and broke it on the ground. Morales is now charged with grand larceny and two counts of criminal mischief.
Elmira Police are warning parents about new drugs that are disguised to look like candy. It may look like a pile of Sweet Tarts, but police say it’s actually something more dangerous. The candies have been found to contain substances like heroin or Xanax. They also may be imprinted with name brands to hide what they are. If you have seen anything like this, please call police. They say only give candy to your children that you purchased from the store.
It was graduation weekend for Binghamton University and Ithaca College. At BU, the school handed out nearly 3,700 bachelor’s and master’s degrees over seven ceremonies in the Events Center. Yesterday’s Harpur College ceremony included commencement speaker Tony Kornheiser. The sportswriter and TV personality graduated from BU in 1970. Senator Charles Schumer spoke at one of the other ceremonies. Ithaca College hosted their commencement ceremony yesterday at Butterfield Stadium. 1969 graduate Bill D’Elia – an executive producer and director of the TV series “How to Get Away with Murder” – was this year’s commencement speaker. Cornell University will hold graduation ceremonies next weekend, while Cortland honored their graduates last week.
The Last Chapter and driver Drew Monti won the featured event yesterday at Tioga Downs, the $22,500 Williams Auto Trot. The exciting race included several lead changes before The Last Chapter took control down the stretch. Royal Casanova and TT Conway rounded out the top three. Tioga Downs will be off this Friday, but return to action with racing on Saturday and Sunday nights. Sunday’s event will feature the return of the New York Sire Stakes. A special race day will be held on Memorial Day beginning at 1pm. More information can be found online at www.tiogadowns.com.
A big change is coming for three Catholic churches in Elmira. A decline is members and a shortage of priests are two reasons why three Catholic parishes in Elmira will eventually merge. When the Rev. Scott Kubinski is assigned as priest in July, he will oversee the three parishes, according to the Rochester diocese. Christ the Redeemer, Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary’s will be served by Kubinski in the new alignment of Catholic parishes. The parish will make several changes in scheduling and eliminate a few masses in light of the merger. Catholic churches have closed or merged in recent years including several in the Binghamton area and Tioga County.