Arrest Made in Theft from BAE Systems

A BAE employee was arrested after being accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the company over the course of several months. On April 7th, the Endicott Police arrested Michael Callahan of Johnson City. He is charged with second-degree grand larceny. Callahan is accused of stealing electronic equipment with a value of more than $50,000 from BAE Systems. Callahan was an employee when he stole the equipment. Some of the stolen property was recovered, but Callahan reportedly sold most of the items to local pawn stores which in turn would sell them on eBay. Callahan was arraigned in the Village of Endicott Court and released.

Endicott Man Arrested on Hit & Run Charges

An Endicott man was arrested earlier this week on multiple charges after police said he fled from a hit and run accident. Gerald Gaylord was arrested after an investigation by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Gaylord fled the scene after the accident but were able to locate Gaylord’s vehicle which had damage that was consistent with the accident. Gaylord was confronted by a deputy, at which point the Sheriff’s Office said he became physically combative and resisted arrest. The defendant was arraigned in the Town of Owego Court, taken to the Tioga County Jail, and is scheduled to reappear in Owego Court on April 30th.

Matthew Libous Sentencing Rescheduled

The sentencing date for the son of New York State Senator Tom Libous has been rescheduled. Matthew Libous will be sentenced on May 18th, according to the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York. Libous was originally scheduled to be sentenced April 29th. In January 2015, a U.S. District Court judge found Libous guilty of three counts of subscribing to false tax returns. Each count carries a maximum penalty of three years, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Senator Libous Recovering from Spinal Surgery

State Senator Tom Libous will not be making his way back to Albany until he recovers from spinal surgery. Libous’ office said the senator had a second back surgery on Monday. It was a follow-up operation to a recent repair to a detached screw in his spine. Sen. Libous will continue to work with senate staff and voters in his district through email and phone communications. He will return to the New York Capitol after he is cleared by his doctor.

No Injuries in Weltonville Home Fire

A mobile home was destroyed by fire this morning, according to the Weltonville Fire Department. Firefighters responded just before 8 a.m. to 4510 West Creek Road for a report of a fully involved structure fire. According to Weltonville Assistant Chief John Wahl, the fire was in the back half of the home. Everyone who lives in the home made it out safely. Fire departments from Candor, Newark Valley, Campville and Owego were among the crews that responded in mutual aid. Tioga County fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Harris Jury Hears Rebuttal Witnesses

The prosecution finished calling rebuttal witnesses yesterday in the third Cal Harris murder trial. They called its fifth rebuttal witness, Donna Kalled, a records custodian for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Then they called their sixth and final rebuttal witness — New York State Police Senior Investigator Steven Andersen. Andersen previously gave seven days of testimony for the prosecution. Before the jury was excused for the day, Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett laid out a tentative plan for the duration of the trial. Bartlett said both the prosecution and the defense agreed to adjourn until Monday. On Monday, the defense will call two witnesses. It says both will give very brief testimonies. Bartlett said closing arguments will begin Monday afternoon. He said he expects the jury to begin deliberations on Tuesday.

April 18-25 is National Infant Immunization Week

April 18th-25th is National Infant Immunization Week. Chickenpox, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Whooping Cough, and more are preventable with vaccinations administered to newborns through six-year-olds, according to the Tioga County Health Department. The Public Health Department in Owego administers these vaccinations and encourages parents to bring their children in. Ninety-eight percent of school children in Tioga County are properly vaccinated, higher than the national average. If you have any questions, call the Tioga County Department of Health or visit cdc.gov/vaccines.

Owego-Apalachin to Hold Public Budget Hearings

Earlier this month, the Owego Apalachin Board of Education approved its proposed budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The budget will be a 3.1 percent increase over the current year. Sixty percent of those increased expenditures are accounted for by increases in special education costs and debt service for the district’s ongoing capital projects, both of which are offset by corresponding increases in state aid. The tax levy, under the proposed budget, will increase by 3.72 percent. The average increase in the OA school property tax levy has been just 0.93 percent over the past six years. The district will only have to use a small amount of its reserves to balance the budget according to Dr. Bill Russell, the OA superintendent. The proposed budget does not include cuts to staff or programs, which have been extensive in recent years. The district will hold two public hearings on the proposed budget. Monday, May 4 at 7:30 at Apalachin Elementary School, and Wednesday, May 6, at Owego Free Academy at 7:30.