A Flood Watch continues for the Southern Tier until early Thursday, but local river levels are expected to crest throughout the day tomorrow more than a foot below minor flooding stage in Conklin, Vestal, and Waverly. As of now, the Susquehanna is expected to crest at 10.8 feet in Conklin and Waverly and 16 feet in Vestal tomorrow morning. Those levels would put the river in the action stage at all three locations, meaning an increased level of attention to possible mitigation measures. That does not include Owego, where the Susquehanna is expected to rise to 23 feet, which is seven feet below flood stage. We will continue to follow the forecasted levels and update them as needed on WEBO.
A Flood Watch is in effect for the Southern Tier until 6am Thursday. The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued the alert yesterday, saying that river levels are expected to rise this week with warmer temperatures melting snow and rain in the forecast. Current estimates are for the river to crest tomorrow just below minor flood stage level in Conklin, Vestal, Owego, and Waverly, pending any rain we receive today. We will continue to follow these river levels and bring you updates on WEBO.
No charges will be filed after a bomb threat was received at the Greater Binghamton Airport yesterday. County officials say a woman called to report a suspicious vehicle in the airport’s long-term parking lot. That vehicle was searched and nothing out of the ordinary was found. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says further investigation revealed that the woman suffers from a mental health condition and was describing a vehicle belonging to a relative. The main entrance of the airport was closed during the search.
We now know the motive behind the alleged murder of one Bradford County native by another in West Palm Beach, FL on Saturday. The Palm Beach Post is reporting that investigators believe 24-year-old Randy Herman repeatedly stabbed his roommate, 21-year-old Brooke Preston, as she was saying goodbye to him. She was planning to move back to Pennsylvania. The two grew up in Wyalusing and lived together at a home in West Palm Beach for the last six months but were not romantically involved. Investigators say Preston was stabbed more than a dozen times. Herman called 911 after the incident and is now facing first-degree murder charges.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have narrowed down the list of possible names for their new mascot to five. They are Bing, Buster, Ross, Rowdy, and Rumbleton. Fans can vote for their favorite on the Rumble Ponies website through Monday. The team says the finalists were selected out of more than 1,000 submissions. The winner will be unveiled at the Meet the Ponies Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton on April 4, a week from today. Tickets are available for the dinner and the season at the NYSEG Stadium box office.
The Greater Binghamton Airport was closed after 10am today after receiving a credible bomb threat. County officials say that a woman called the airport with an accurate description of a car parked outside, and the airport was searched. No bomb was found and the all clear was given just before 3pm. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says the found the woman who called in the threat, but no charges will be filed because she was suffering from a mental health issue and off her medications at the time. The vehicle belonged to a relative of the unidentified woman. They are working with her husband to determine what will be done next. The airport remained open while the search was conducted.
A West Corners man was found guilty on all four counts in connection with an attempted murder trial in Broome County Court today. 35-year-old Paul Warner was found guilty of attempting to murder 50-year-old Timothy Mancini during a confrontation in West Corners last September. Warner shot the man and his dog with a pellet gun. Prosecutors said Warner and Mancini had bad blood between them after Mancini was voted out of a motorcycle club. Warner will be sentenced later this year. The attempted murder charge carries a penalty of up to 25 years in state prison.
Camp Ahwaga will hold their fourth-annual fundraiser with Doug’s Fish Fry to go on Friday, March 31. The mobile fish fry unit will be in the UHS Plaza on Route 434 in Apalachin next to the Visions Federal Credit Union branch from 11am to 6pm Friday. Part of the proceeds will benefit Camp Ahwaga, a 6-week, non-profit educational and recreational summer program for children with disabilities (ages 4-21) in Tioga County. Art and Andrew Frederickson were special guests on Monday’s WEBO Morning Show. Listen to the full interview below.
In NASCAR, Kyle Larson swept both the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup events in California this weekend. As heard on WEBO, Larson dominated the final stage yesterday and held the rest of the field at bay over several late restarts to claim his second career victory. The win breaks a streak of three straight second-place finishes for Larson. He is now leading the points standings after the first five weeks. The Monster Energy Cup will return from their western swing this week for a short track race at Martinsville on Sunday.