The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding a traffic stop earlier in the month that led to multiple drug charges. On March 1st, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle on North Avenue in Owego for an abnormally loud exhaust, and while talking to the occupants of the vehicle, the deputy observed indicators of drug activity in the vehicle. Following a search, police found white powder, later confirmed to be methamphetamine. Marijuana and related paraphernalia were also found. The driver, 51-year-old Perry Horton of Owego, and his passenger, 25-year-old Amanda Craft of Newark Valley, were charged each with a count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Horton was also cited for the exhaust system on the car, and Craft was charged with a violation for the marijuana. A third occupant in the car, 25-year-old Steven Gilbert of Newark Valley, is currently being sought for alleged possession of methamphetamine.
Northeast Implement of Spencer has been awarded a contract worth $2.4 million to provide wood chippers to municipalities in the state of Minnesota. The Spencer company will be providing forty hydraulic feed wood chippers each year to agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. Owner and CEO Charles Klett, who purchased Northeast Implement in 2008, announced that the contract is initially for two years, with the possibility of being extended four years, for a total of six years. The company will be seeing a $400,000 boost in sales for each year of the contract. Northeast Implement has been in business since 1976 and is the leading distributor of tractor-mounted forestry equipment in North America.
A Hallstead, Pennsylvania man has turned himself in on charges related to a fatal hit and run in Great Bend Township back in January. Pennsylvania State Police have arrested Roger Radakovich on several charges including homicide by a vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. On January 15th on State Route 11 near the state line, 20-year-old Earl Lyman Youngs of Hallstead was struck by a vehicle, and suffered fatal injuries from the hit and run. Witnesses reported a silver-colored SUV stopped across from Young’s body before it left the scene. State Troopers were given a tip on Radakovich, and observed his silver Jeep Liberty at his home with damage to its right side. Radakovich and the vehicle were taken to the police barracks. The investigation determined that Radakovich struck Young, and continued south before Young’s body was thrown off the vehicle and onto the roadway. At that time, Radakovich allegedly fled the scene.
A Candor man is facing charges after police searched his home as part of a child pornography investigation. Merwin “Butch” Crowe, of Howard Hill Road in Candor, was originally charged on Thursday with a felony count of possessing a sexual performance by a child. The arrest comes as a result of State Police out of Owego and the State Police computer crimes unit executing a search warrant at Crowe’s residence. He was given a ticket and is set to appear in Candor Town Court next Monday.
A late-morning fire in Newark Valley on Monday resulted in no injuries and minimal damage. A structure fire at Arnold’s Automotive at 10 North Main Street was called in just before 10:30 Monday, and two people were reportedly working on the gas line of a truck in the garage when the fire started. The two noticed the fire inside the garage, and the owner extinguished the fire. Fire crews arrived on the scene and noticed that the fire had actually spread to the roof of the building as well, and the fire was fully extinguished within an hour. The truck and building suffered minimal damage. Newark Valley, Owego, and West Corners fire departments all responded, and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
A fire in the City of Binghamton on Monday afternoon resulted in Glenwood Avenue having to be closed from Clinton to Main Street. A second alarm fire at Golden Rule Lumber Center brought multiple crews to the scene just before 2:30 Monday. A pedestrian called in the fire taking place at the building, which has been closed for years. Utilities are reportedly still turned on in the building, and it took crews about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire. Building inspectors and the fire marshal were called to the scene. The cause is still under investigation.
A tractor trailer rollover shut down a portion of Route 11 early this morning. New York State Police and the Five Mile Point Fire Department responded to the area of 1223 Route 11 in Kirkwood just after 4 o’clock this morning. Police say that the tractor trailer was turning around in a parking lot when it hit a pole and rolled over. The roadway had to be closed temporarily while crews cleaned up the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured.
With voting for the Binghamton City School District’s capital project less than a week away, very few members of the public made an appearance at the district’s final meeting to discuss the project. Three people were in the audience Monday night for the presentation of the project, which would cost $12 million and call for improvements across the district’s ten schools. Upgrades would include new roofs, drainage systems, and updating the security systems. $11.1 million of the funding would come from the state, with the remaining $900,000 coming from Binghamton’s reserve fund, meaning there will be no effect on taxes. A public referendum vote is scheduled to be held on Monday.
The City of Binghamton won’t have to wait for a vote to find out if it will be receiving money for a parking study, after Mayor Rich David announced Monday that the city had secured $50,000 from the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study. The policy committee voted to spend the money on the study last week, and the city will match its contribution, bringing the cost of the study to $100,000. David has made a point since his election to try to tackle the ongoing problem of a lack of parking downtown. The city and the committee will be setting a time-frame for the project, and will also pick a consultant to oversee the study.