A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a 4,000 pound concrete slab fell on top of him and partially pinned him to the ground yesterday afternoon. Broome County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol responded to Binghamton Precast & Supply Corporation on 17 Thomas Street at approximately 3:20 p.m. When deputies arrived on the scene, co-workers had lifted the concrete off the victim, James Church. Church was unconscious and appeared to have sustained head and leg injuries. Detectives said Church was in the process of loading concrete slabs onto a trailer when one of the slabs shifted and slid forward, knocking him to the ground and partially pinning him. A short time later, a co-worker found Church and called 911. No foul play is suspected, and his current condition is unknown.
A woman was injured in a rollover crash yesterday after she misjudged a light while turning left from Murray Hill Road to the Vestal Parkway. Emergency responders were called at 11:45 a.m., after an SUV driven by Binghamton resident Diane Bulizak turned west onto the Parkway and collided with a Ford Focus traveling east. Bulizak mistakenly thought the traffic light had turned green. Vestal firefighters and medical personnel freed Bulizak from her SUV, which had overturned on its driver’s side at the intersection. She was treated for neck and back pains. The other driver, Jacob Snell of Barton, was unhurt. His vehicle received front end damage from the crash.
An ESPN report says both the men’s basketball and football programs at Syracuse University are under investigation by the NCAA. The allegations against SU reportedly go back at least ten years and include providing extra benefits to student-athletes and academic issues. Reports are that SU will meet with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions October 30-31 at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. The report says most of the allegations involve the Orange men’s basketball team. The SU football team is apparently also being looked at for possibly providing extra benefits for a short time period, but not since Doug Marrone took over as head coach in 2009.
Criminal Investigators with the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office have uncovered and shut down a substantial marijuana growing operation in the Town of Newark Valley, New York. On October 20, 2014 while attempting to serve an arrest warrant for an individual wanted in Broome County, investigators discovered a marijuana growing and processing operation at a residence located at 1416 Newark Valley Maine Rd. Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered more than 100 pounds of marihuana, worth approximately $424,000. Investigators also seized various drug paraphernalia from the residence. Investigators arrested and took into custody the owner of the residence, Richard B. Paugh, Jr., age 45. Paugh was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 1st Degree, a class C Felony and was arraigned before Town of Newark Valley Justice John Schaffer. Paugh was committed to the Tioga County Jail with no bail.
A man was rescued Wednesday evening after falling 60 feet into an Ithaca gorge. Tompkins County Dispatch got a 911 call a little before 5:00 p.m. saying a person had been located on the Cascadilla Gorge Trail under the Stewart Ave Bridge. The Ithaca Fire Department, along with Bangs Ambulance and Cornell Police worked to rescue the man. A college age male was found semi-conscious with multiple lacerations and head and back pain. It appeared that he had fallen about 60 feet from the edge above, down onto the trail. A passerby found him and called 911. The entire rescue took about an hour and the man was flown to Upstate Trauma Center in Syracuse. The Cornell Police Department is working on identifying the man and investigating the events leading up to the fall.
Owego will soon see major improvements to its sewer system, as more than $660,000 in federal funds is being given for repairs. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Grant program. The town will use these funds to repair Main Street Pump House #4, which supplies drinking water to approximately 1,700 homes in Apalachin. The pump house became inoperable after the September 2011 flooding during Tropical Storm Lee. In 2012, FEMA originally offered around 250,000 for sewer repairs, but the town deemed that amount insufficient for the work that needed to be done. The total project cost is around $883,000. The FEMA funding will cover 75 percent of the cost.
A man was arrested one day after multiple agencies, including a SWAT team and the Endicott Bomb Squad, were called to his apartment for reports of an armed man
threatening to kill himself. Kyle Lenga is accused of tampering with physical evidence, which is a felony. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office said Lenga prevented them from locating a handgun he had in his possession, which sparked a standoff that lasted several hours on Glendale Drive Tuesday night. Lenga left the apartment before they arrived on scene. He was found early yesterday morning at a home in the village of Endicott. The sheriff’s office said it took several deputies to persuade Lenga to surrender. According to authorities, Lenga cannot legally possess a handgun in New York state. He was taken to the Broome County Jail without bail.
Johnson City Police arrested a man they say called police on his neighbor, but actually committed the crime himself. Robert Fletcher of Johnson City was arrested after he reported that someone had broken into a parking meter in front of his home, at 212 Grand Avenue. He told police his neighbor had done it and that he found the top to the parking meter on his neighbor’s front porch. Officers said they found the meter head on the neighbor’s porch, but determined that Fletcher himself had broken into the meter in an attempt to get the coins out of it. He was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, attempted petty larceny, falsely reporting an incident, filing a false written statement, and disorderly conduct. Fletcher was taken to the Broome County Jail.
Starting today you’ll see lots of Red Ribbons around town as part of National Red Ribbon week. The Tioga County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse are behind this to bring attention to the ongoing issue with drugs in America. Red Ribbon week continues through October 31st.