Ithaca Man Charged in Connection to Robbery

Ithaca Police have made an arrest in connection to a robbery that occurred over two weeks ago. According to authorities, at around 7:30PM on September 14th, a woman was walking down the street when a man ran up to her and forcibly stole her purse. After an investigation, police have arrested 25-year-old Joshua Conklin. Conklin led police on a short foot chase before he was apprehended yesterday. He has been sent to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, or $40,000 bond.

Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian

A pedestrian was hit by a drunk driver early this morning. According to police, a man was walking on the side of Route 26 in Triangle, NY, when he was struck by 20-year-old Sharlene Cornelius of Lisle. Cornelius was sent to the Broome County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 bond.

Dairy Plant to Remain Open

The Conklin dairy plant is now looking to stay open. Earlier this month, the Crowley distribution center in Conklin, currently owned by HP Hood LLC, was scheduled to close its doors sometime in November. In a new development, however, the plant will remain open under new ownership. Balford Farms of Pennsylvania is expected to gain ownership of the plant by the end of October. Current plant employees  are being offered employment first under the new ownership. In the agreement, Balford will also acquire Rosenberg’s Dairy.

17-Year-Old Runaway

New York State Police are asking for your help in finding a 17-year-old runaway. Maklia Sharp is said to be 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 200 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and gray sweatpants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police at 607-561-7400.

BU to have a school of pharmacy

Governor Cuomo announces the purchase of new land for Binghamton University’s first ever school of pharmacy.  The production of the school will make BU one of only two current universities in New York State to have a school of pharmacy.   The governor mentioned the growing need of pharmacists and those in the bio-engineering field and says students will have the opportunity to work closely with local hospitals.  The location of the 70 thousand square foot facility will be located at the original Endicott Johnson factory in Johnson City on Corliss Avenue.   The city is said to be demolishing the old buildings in order to make room for the school which should be ready by 2017.

Watch out for phone scams

The Binghamton Police Department said there’s an increase in phone scams where callers impersonate utility companies and threaten to shut off services.  Police said several residents have received calls from people imitating NYSEG and Time Warner asking for payments.  The victim is then instructed to either purchase a prepaid debit card or wire money to the caller. Police said no reputable business would require you to send them payment in the form of a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.  If you receive a suspicious call, report it to your local police department.

Rest in Peace – Southside Fire Chief Charles Klett

News Radio WEBO is saddened at the loss of loyal listener, good friend, and Southside Fire Chief Charles Klett.

Charles grew up on Owego’s Southside on the Klett family farm. Charles was also the owner of Northeast Implement in Spencer, NY. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Gina, daughter Miranda, parents Ruth and Dean, brother Dan, family, friends, firefighters and EMT’s.

Charles was part of the WEBO family, and we will miss him dearly.

Obituary of Charles Klett

Charles W. Klett, 44, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, September 19, 2014. Charles is survived by his wife, Gina Klett; daughter, Miranda Klett and her boyfriend, Zachary Beeman; parents, Dean and Ruth Klett; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Violeta; several nieces, nephews and cousins; dear friends, David and Theresa Radigan, his special four legged companion, Chiquitta. Charles graduated from Owego Free Academy, Class of 1988, graduated from form Cobleskill Agriculture Business College. Charles owned and operated Northeast Implement. He was very community minded. Charles was currently serving his third year as Chief of the Southside Fire Company, was an EMT, EMS Instructor, board member of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of Leadership Tioga. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 3917 Waverly Road, Owego with the Rev. Aaron Schian, officiating. Burial will follow in the Waits Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Owego. Memorial contributions may be made in Charles W. Klett’s memory to the Zion Lutheran Church School Fund, 3917 Waverly Road, Owego, NY 13827 or the Waits Cemetery Corp., C/O Joseph Stocks, 629 Stocks Road, Owego, NY 13827 Condolences may be made to Charles’s Family at www.emfaheyfuneralhome.com
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Tioga County Legislature Discontinues Public Transportation

The Tioga County Legislature has voted to discontinue the county’s bus system. Here is the full text of the announcement:

In a Special Meeting of the Tioga County Legislature on Thursday, 9/18/14, the Legislature approved a resolution to discontinue the county’s Public Transportation system effective 11/30/14.

The Tioga County Bus System was created 20 years ago with the primary objective of getting Medicaid transportation costs under control. With State aid, Federal aid, and passenger fees, the system has operated with no cost to the County.

In October of 2013, the State made substantial changes to the delivery of Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation services, shifting those services from County Bus Systems to other modes of transportation such as taxi service. The County had advance notice of this change, but had been assured by the State that funding to the County would not be impacted. However, a month later, the County saw a significant reduction in State funding, resulting in a $40,000 per month cost to the County.

The County immediately began efforts to find an affordable way to keep the Bus System going, notify residents and get public input, and determine how many residents would be impacted if transportation services were reduced or eliminated. An analysis of ridership data showed that the number of non-Medicaid riders is approximately 300 per day, roughly 75% of which are residents commuting to/from work.

The County spent the last 10 months working with NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Transportation, First Transit, and other agencies to try to keep the Bus System going. Considering the significant reduction in service (ridership numbers), the County worked with First Transit to achieve a reduced cost. Bus fares were raised to help offset the reduction in State revenue. In response to the sudden negative impact on many rural County Transit Systems, including Tioga, the State agreed to work with counties to offset the unexpected costs in 2014. Tioga County anticipates significant, if not full reimbursement for this year, but that will not be the case going forward.

The State also agreed that if the County’s Medicaid per-trip rate was reduced to a level below the cost of taxi service, then the State would shift the Medicaid riders back to the County’s Bus System. The County made changes to its bus routes and number of runs per route, making its per-trip rate less expensive than taxi service. The County presented this adjusted per-trip rate to the State, and the State agreed to shift Medicaid riders back to the County’s bus system. After a month, the County did not see a shift in ridership. Further discussions with the State have not been successful in shifting riders, and revenue, back to the County.

With no other options to pursue, the County estimates the cost of continuing the Bus System in 2015 to be approximately $500,000, increasing every year thereafter. That cost alone would require a 2.26% tax levy increase, which would put the County in violation of the State’s property tax cap of 2%.

Special recognition in Owego tonight

Tonight the Tioga County Legislature is holding a special meeting to honor Ronald Dougherty at the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building at 56 Main Street in Owego at 6pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to dedicate the County Office Building to him and rename the building the “Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building”  The legislature will also recognize Ron’s contributions to Tioga County Government and to the community throughout the years.