Eric Frein Captured After Seven Week Manhunt

Following a nearly seven-week manhunt, Eric Frein was taken into custody last night. Frein was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at approximately 6 p.m. Frein was found in an open field near an airplane hangar close to Tannersville. He was found with weapons, according to CBS News, but surrendered quickly. Frein is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday at the Pike County Court House. Prosecutors said they expect to pursue to death penalty. And according to officials, after originally cancelling Halloween trick-or-treating in that area. It is back on now for children in northeastern Pennsylvania.

DOT Holds Public Meeting in Owego

A pattern of large truck accidents in the village of Owego has the New York State Department of Transportation making changes to pavement markings. Last night, a
public meeting was held to discuss the change in pavement markings on State Route 96 at the intersection of Main St. and North Ave. The changes will improve the alignment of the traffic lanes to reduce the number of accidents. The new pavement markings would combine the two existing lanes on Main St. approaching North Ave. from the west into a single left-turn/through lane in what is now the through lane. The existing left-turn lane would become a painted gore area with stripes, that indicate traffic should not drive on the area. The DOT plans on beginning the project as soon as possible and hopes to complete it before the snow falls.

Tioga Downs Parking Garage Opens Today

The parking garage at Tioga Downs Casino will open to the public today. A 1pm ribbon cutting ceremony will be held. The new garage provides 275 additional parking spaces, and easy access to the casino. The completion of the parking garage marks the end of Phase One of Tioga Downs’ Expansion Project. The next phases include an onsite hotel and expanded gaming floor.

Owego DOT Meeting Set For Tonight

Tonight is the public information meeting for the Main Street/North Avenue intersection pavement marking changes for operational improvement. The meeting will take place at the Tioga Opportunities Building on Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego at 6:30. It will begin with an open house format, where department representatives will be available to discuss the project with citizens and public officials in an informal setting. A formal presentation will begin at 7 followed by a question and answer session.

Endicott Forms ‘Community Response Committee’

A new committee is being formed in Endicott to focus on community issues that matter most to village residents. The Community Response Committee will be made up of a “cross-section” of residents from different neighborhoods who will work with village officials to address concerns, according to Mayor John Bertoni. By bringing together people from various parts of the village to talk about what is happening in their neighborhoods, the committee should be able to highlight common problems and figure out how best to solve them. And it means residents won’t have to wait until a village board meeting to let officials know about problems in their neighborhoods. Eight residents are expected to sit on the committee. The group is scheduled to have its first meeting with the mayor next week.

House Fire in Spencer

Fire officials were able to save a family’s dog after a fire broke out at a home in Spencer Wednesday evening.  A fire began on 242 Ithaca Road a little after 4 p.m.  Firefighters attacked the fire from the inside, using the hose and ventilation. Firefighters were able to contain the flames from spreading through the whole house.  Officials said there is still significant smoke and fire damage to the garage and parts of the home, family heirlooms were saved along with the majority of the house.  A couple lives at the house and was not home when the fire broke out.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Spencer Fire Department, West Danby Fire Department, Candor- Van Etten Fire Department and Tioga Fire Investigators assisted with the fire.

Weitsman’s Negotiating To Acquire Three Albany Competitors

Adam Weitsman said he is negotiating acquisitions of three competitors in the Albany region. Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, said he underestimated the volume of metal that would be scrapped in Albany, signaling the need to expand upstate. They were anticipating 100 customers a day, and get more than 400 customers a day. The Owego-based metal recycler processes more than 16,000 tons of scrap motors, car bodies and appliances at its Albany locations each month. Weitsman says that number will nearly triple when the company completes construction of a $15 million metal processor and shredder at the Port of Albany next year. Weitsman said he plans to hire 35 additional employees when construction at the port completes next year. The company’s next move will be to expand into New Jersey.

Tioga Downs Parking Garage Opens Friday

After months of on-schedule construction, the parking garage at Tioga Downs Casino will open to the public on Friday. A 1pm ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held, when the garage will open to the public. The first 100 visitors to park in the new garage will receive an entry for a chance to win 1 of 3 $500 cash drawings. The new garage provides 275 additional parking spaces, and easy access to the casino. The completion of the parking garage marks the end of Phase One of Tioga Downs’ Expansion Project. The next phases include an onsite hotel and expanded gaming floor.

Tom Woodburn Graduates Police Academy

The Owego Police Department is Congratulating Tom Woodburn, who has just graduated from the Police Academy. Tom is an OFA graduate, and was one of 30 officers in the Southern Tier to graduate from the Police Academy. Friends and family were in attendence for the event.