Binghamton robbery, suspect in custody

Binghamton Police confirmed a suspect was taken into custody related to a convenience store robbery early this morning.  According to police, the robbery happened at 61 Glenwood Ave., the Hess gas station.  The call came over just after 1:30 a.m.  Emergency communications in Broome County reported a black male wearing a red bandanna and black gloves went into the store, carrying a black handgun.  The man reportedly ran off with money from a cash register.  Binghamton Police confirmed on Friday morning that they have the suspect in custody in relation to the robbery.  Detectives interrogated that person early Friday morning.

Endicott man arrested

Wednesday night, Troopers from SP Endwell arrested Matthew Verry of Endicott for the class D felony of Burglary 3rd.  While patrolling through the Monroe Muffler store parking lot at 3200 East Main Street in Union, Troopers observed a broken window by the front door of the building.  As they looked inside they observed the suspect run out the back door.  The Troopers were able to arrest Verry after a short foot chase.  An investigation found that he had a bleeding cut on his right hand and possessed 41 quarters in his pants pocket.  Also, he is on probation in Broome County for a prior Petit Larceny arrest.  Verry was arraigned in the Town of Union Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail with no bail set at this time.

Primary Election Results

It’s the first time he’s been challenged in a primary in more than a decade and State Senator Tom Libous won the Republican nod in the 52nd district.  Libous defeated Candor businessman Denver Jones with 64% of the vote.  He said he was thankful Republican voters are putting their trust and faith in him. He believes his track record speaks for itself and his campaign heading into November will stress creating jobs and keeping students in the area.  Libous will face Democrat Anndrea Starzak in the November election.  Governor Cuomo has also cruised to victory over Fordham University Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, although it turned out closer than some may have expected just a few months ago with Cuomo getting 62% of the vote.  Cuomo kept a low profile making no public appearances last night.  In the Lieutenant Governor race, Kathy Hochul defeat Timothy Hu.  In local races…for Binghamton city judge…for the Independence party…William Pelella won with 36.9% of the vote.  Darlene Silvernail Bucinell won in the Vestal Council race won on the Democratic side.  In the Conklin Town Council battle, it’s republicans William Dumian Jr. and Roger Conklin over Dell Boyle.  For Tioga County Coroner…in the Republican race…Warren Stu Bennett defeated Jack Manzer.  For Maine Clerk on the republican side…Nancy Rutkowski defeated Sandra Stephens.  James McKiligan wins for the race for  Maine Supervisor on the Conversative side.  And in Chenango it was Michael Fedish winning as republican candidate for town justice.  Overall it was a low turnout for yesterday’s primaries throughout the state.

OwegoFD getting RIT’s

Just a week after rolling a fire truck onto it’s roof while responding to a fire call, the Owego Fire Department has announced that it wants to form Tioga County’s first specially trained crew devoted to the search and rescue of firefighters in distress.  The Owego Fire Department’s advancements towards forming a Rapid Intervention Team certification comes as it continues to distance itself from a line of duty death less than 2 years ago, and the recent fire truck rollover.  Currently, Tioga County fire departments rely on RIT’s from neighboring counties, which can leave firefighters vunerable during the early part of a fire, often the most dangerous time for crews.  Fire Chief Dan Gavin said establishing the RIT would benefit Tioga County departments by being able to offer the service to them.  RIT’s are made up of at least 2 firefighters trained to step in when crew members become trapped, injured, or separated from others.  The department expects to have at least 10 firefighters trained by October, and once the Owego Fire Department is established, Gavin hopes to work more with other departments in Tioga County.

NWS Town Hall Meeting tonight in Owego

The Binghamton Office of the National Weather Service is hosting a “Town Hall” meeting and panel discussion about Flood Inundation Mapping Services.  The meeting is open to the public, and takes place at the Edward D Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building at 56 Main Street in Owego from 7-9pm.  Meterologist, Jim Brewster will discuss the flood inundation mapping services available on the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service web page. The presentation will focus on the Susquehanna River at Owego and provide attendees with an in depth look at available flood extent and inundation maps. The discussion will show how these tools can be used by residents, the business community, and local officials to plan and identify areas of flood hazards and their degree of impact at certain levels on the river.  A question and answer panel discussion with National Weather Service, NY State Emergency Management officials, and the United States Geological Survey will follow the presentation.

Two Binghamton Residents Arrested on Several Warrants

The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested two individuals at 103 Pennsylvania Avenue in the City of Binghamton. 42-year-old Adriane Williams and 36-year-old Michael Robinson were arrested on warrants out of Burlington, New Jersey. Both Williams and Robinson were wanted for burglary, theft, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, weapon possession, and aggravated sexual assault. Williams and Robinson are being held in city lockup until arraignment. The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force is comprised of the United States Marshals Service, Binghamton Police Warrant Division, Broome County Warrant Division, and the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad.

Man Makes False Report with Police

An Endicott man was arrested after allegedly making false reports to police. 53-year-old Jeffrey Nielson called police from his home on Lincoln Avenue, and said that his son in law was in the basement of an Endwell home with a gun. Arriving police initially made no contact with the residents at the Endwell home, whereupon authorities called the number which initially contacted them. They found the number to be disconnected. After an investigation, it was found that there was not an issue at the Endwell home, and Nielson later admitted to making the false

Dog park coming to Owego

The Town of Owego approves a dog park at Hickories Park. Following dozens of workshops, public meetings, and the work of members of the Owego Dog Owners Group and the Town of Owego Board, an agreement was reached at Tuesday evening’s board meeting for the build of the Rebecca Weitsman Memorial Dog Park, to be located at Hickories Park. Fully funded by Rebecca’s brother, Adam Weitsman, owner of Ben Weitsman & Son and Upstate Shredding.  The 3 acre dog park was in the works for a while, but the flood of 2011 put a halt to plans at the time.  It should be under construction within the next month or two.

Fire in Kirkwood

Broome County Sheriff’s Department and Colesville Fire Department were dispatched to a motor home early this morning.  The call was for a camper fire on Colesville Rd. in the town of Kirkwood.  According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, crews were on scene for 2 1/2 hours to put out the flames.  The inside of the camper is severely damaged.  It’s possible a refrigerator in the home started the fire, although the exact cause will be looked into by fire Investigation.  There were no injuries reported.