Nicole Mathewson Remembered At OFA Vigil

Last Monday, Nicole Mathewson was found dead inside her home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 32-year-old was an Owego native, who moved to Lancaster County to
teach at Brownstone Elementary School. Two men were arrested for homicide in connection to her death. But last night, Nicole was remembered for her life. Family,
friends and community members gathered outside Owego Free Academy to say kind words and show their support. Paper lanterns were set off at the end of the vigil, to honor her life and her memory. A “Go Fund Me” account has been created online in her memory, with all proceeds going to support Nicole’s family and to supply schoolbooks. You can donate by going to and searching for “Nicole Mathewson fund”.

Man Arrested In Town Of Maine Domestic Homicide

Michael Aldo Fiocco is in custody following a murder committed in the town of Maine. According to the Broome County Sheriff’s office, Shannon Las-kar-is was found dead lying on the floor next to her bed Friday afternoon. An autopsy performed Saturday morning at Lourdes Hospital confirmed Las-kar-is’ death was a homicide. The sheriff’s office charged Fiocco with murder in the second degree. Fiocco and Laskaris were in a relationship, and had a child together. The three of them lived with another child at the Nanticoke Valley Trailer Park. Both children have been taken to stay with family members.

Gas Leak Forces Evacuations In Elmira

An early morning gas leak in Elmira forces residents to evacuate. 610-611 Columbia Street are being evacuated this morning after the Elmira Police Department say they were in the area when they smelt the gas around 2AM this morning. They believe it could be from a possible burglary of copper pipping. The police also say levels are extremely high which may cause a serious explosion. They warn people to stay away from the area. NYSEG and the fire department are on scene trying to control the levels. Most neighbors have left the area to go with family and friends but if they need housing Elmira College has room for those evacuated. Or if you need assistance call the Elmira Police Department at 737-5626.

Arrest Made In Cortland Homicide

One man is dead and another man is in custody for murder after a stabbing at an apartment complex. Police were called to the Northcliffe Apartments in Cortland
Saturday afternoon for a reported stabbing. Police found the body of Terry Walker of Syracuse inside an apartment. Randy Wilkinson was arrested and charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. Police said Wilkinson was at the scene when they arrived and has been cooperative. He was taken to the Cortland County Jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear in Cortland City Court today.

Adam Weitsman Announces New Processing Plant In Owego

Wednesday’s devastating news for the Southern Tier has caused one company to reconsider its future growth plans, but in a good way for the Southern Tier. Upstate Shredding has announced that it will build a new scrap processing plant in Owego instead of western Pennsylvania. The plant will be housed in a new 20 thousand square foot building that will be built on Recycle Drive. CEO Adam Weitsman says they hope to get the facility up and running by next spring.

Senator Libous Calls For Reconsideration Of Casino Decision

Senator Tom Libous will hold a news conference today to call on the New York State Gaming Commission and the Gaming Facility Location Board to reconsider the Southern Tier’s two applications for the fourth authorized casino license. The news conference will take place today at the Binghamton State Office Building on Hawley Street at 11am.

Amber Alert Child Found Dead

New York State Police have canceled the Amber Alert for 5-year-old Kenneth White with tragic results. Early this morning police found the body of White in the vicinity of the home he was reported taken from in Albany. Police say this is the only crime scene they are investigating involved with this case. Not many details have been released about where exactly Kenneth White’s body was found, or how he may have died. An amber alert was put out for the boy yesterday afternoon after it was reported to police that two men with ski masks broke into the home and snatched White. Police say they do not have anyone in custody at this point, but all of the child’s family is reportedly with police being questioned.

Vestal Police Seek Missing Man

The Vestal Police Department is investigating after a man went missing on Wednesday. According to police, a missing person report was filed for 59-year-old Victor Tabuntshikow Thursday evening. Tabuntshikow is a 5’9″ white man, weighing about 165 pounds last seen wearing a tan Columbia coat and tan boots. Anyone with information regarding this man’s whereabouts is asked to call the Vestal Police Department at (607) 754-2111.

Lago Granted Casino In Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Region

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board held a public meeting yesterday to reveal its picks for casino licenses throughout upstate New York. And the winner in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes region was Lago, just north of Cayuga Lake. Lago was up against Traditions Resort & Casino, and Tioga Downs. There were 16 total bidders across New York, including four in the Capital region and nine in the Catskills and Hudson Valley region. Montreign Resort Casino was selected for the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region, and Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor was chosen in the Capital Region. The board was originally tasked with selecting up to four proposals across the state. It announced early on in yesterday’s final meeting that three projects would be approved. According to the board, Lago is expected to generate $64 million for statewide school aid and/or property tax relief, $8 million for local governments in the Eastern Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region, plus an additional $8 million to be split between Seneca County and the town of Tyre. Lago’s facility will include a 94,000 square foot casino with 2,000 slot machines and 85 gaming tables, 207 hotel rooms, multiple restaurants and lounges.