The Cal Harris murder trial continued yesterday. Forensic Investigator Steven Andersen spent the entire day on the stand as district attorney Kirk Martin continued to question him about his search of the Harris household after Michele’s disappearance. Earlier yesterday morning, Judge Bartlett told the defense and prosecution that he would no longer allow long winded legal arguments and that all future mistrial motions will be heard at the end of the day. Direct examination of Andersen will continue when court resumes on Monday morning at 9:15.
A man the Broome County Sheriff’s Office says is responsible for two recent armed robberies has been arrested. Joseph Rose of Endicott was taken into custody yesterday for stealing a vehicle. During the investigation, authorities also linked Rose to two armed robberies that happened just days apart this month — at Lupo’s Char-Pit and Manley’s Mighty Mart. Rose is accused of stealing a Dodge Caravan on Wednesday from the parking lot of Brother’s 2 restaurant on Watson Boulevard. The van had approximately $10,000 worth of electronic equipment inside. A short time later, the van was found unoccupied on Elliot Street. Authorities saw Rose in the area and after a short foot chase, he was taken into custody. Rose was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, and criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree. Information discovered during the investigation led deputies to charge Rose with the robberies at Lupo’s and Manley’s. He faces two counts of robbery in the second degree for those crimes, and was taken to the Broome County Jail without bail.
One person was sent to the hospital after a Jeep and an ambulance collided on the Vestal Parkway yesterday. It happened at the intersection of Route 434 and Arlington Avenue around 10:30 a.m. No one in the ambulance was injured, but the driver and sole occupant of the Jeep was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries. A portion of 434 east was brought down to one lane while crews worked to clear the scene.
The Cal Harris murder trial continued yesterday. Brian Earley, Michelle Harris’ boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, took the stand to start the day. In the afternoon, two New York State Police investigators took the stand to explain their investigation process after Michele disappeared. Captain William McEvoy was an investigator with NYSP in Endwell at the time of the investigation in 2001. Senior Investigator Steven Andersen testified he was part of the Forensic Identification Unit that investigated Michele’s van, the Harris house and property. Questioning of Andersen will continue this morning in Schoharie County Court. Also yesterday, the defense requested another mistrial, due to what it said was hearsay testimony from Earley. Judge George Bartlett denied the request, but did strike that part of the testimony from the record. This was the fifth mistrial request so far.
A grease fire broke out last night In Endwell. Endwell Fire officials said a fire started in the basement of 311 Taft Ave. in the town of Union around 7:30. Fire crews said an outdoor turkey cooker used inside caused the fire. There was minimal damage as crews from Endwell knocked the fire down right away. There was one person and two animals inside the home at the time of the fire — all got out safely.
Multiple departments were called to help battle a fire in Silver Lake Township in Susquehanna County. The 911-dispatch for a chimney fire came over just before 10 last night. Five people were inside the two-story home when the fire broke out. Everyone inside, including the family dog, escaped safely. The fire started in the basement’s wood stove and made its way to the roof. The smoke and water damage to the home made the house unlivable. Susquehanna County Fire Department were first to respond. Silver Lake Township, Town of Binghamton and Conklin fire departments were also on scene. Susquehanna County Fire Investigators are looking into the cause.
One person is dead after a head on collision on State Route 6 in Standing Stone Township, Bradford County. A 68 year-old man traveling east bound crossed over
into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured but the 3 passengers in the
vehicle sustained minor injuries and were transported to Robert Packer Hospital. Police do not know what caused the 68 year-old driver to cross into the opposite lane.
A fire occurred on an Owego Apalachin school bus yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Lisle and Patton Roads. One student and the driver were on board when
the fire broke out, but both made it out safely. No one was hurt in the fire. Fire officials do not yet know what caused the fire.
Two retired New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers took the stand yesterday afternoon in Schoharie County Court at the Cal Harris murder trial. They were retired forest rangers Terry Figery and Norman Jenson. NYSP Investigator Michael Myers was on the stand for cross examination to start the proceedings yesterday. Also, for the fourth time since the trial started, the defense requested a mistrial. Defense attorney Bruce Barket cited Judge George Bartlett’s alleged bias toward the prosecution as the reason. Bartlett shot down the request almost immediately. The state’s eleventh witness will be called to the stand this morning. Brian Earley, Michele’s boyfriend, is scheduled to testify.