Two Arrested for Robbery and Attempted Robbery

Two Endicott residents have been arrested and charged with counts of robbery and attempted robbery. On August 20th, 33-year-old Antoine Legree and 26-year-old Omar Legree allegedly entered the Sazash Stop and Shop at 109 Washington Avenue, wearing ski masks and displaying a knife. They then allegedly threatened the store clerk and stole the drawer with money. The suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a green mini-van. The vehicle matching this description was tracked down by an Endicott Police Detective, which eventually led him to the two arrestees. Both Omar and Antoine Legree were charged with robbery in the first degree, as well as attempted robbery in the first degree for an attempted robbery only minutes prior.

Marijuana Operation Accessible to Children

The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, with the help of a marked Broome County Sheriff’s Unit, executed a marijuana search warrant which led to the arrest of a Binghamton man. Jeremy D. Button of Binghamton was arrested after police found 40 hydroponic marijuana plants at various growth stages in his basement. Police also found several pills of a controlled substance. The marijuana operation was easily accessible to a 10-year-old as well as a 3-year-old. Authorities notified the Department of Children and Family Services, whereupon the children were sent to a relative’s home. Button was arraigned in the Town of Dickinson Court and sent to the Broome County Jail.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract from Royal Australian Navy

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Thursday this week that Lockheed Martin in Owego has recently been awarded a 4-year base contract worth $10.3 million. The contract is a firm-fixed price contract valid until May 31, 2018. The using service is the Royal Australian Navy.

Owego Police Forced to Cut Coverage in September

The Owego PBA notified the Village of Owego that during the month of September, the Village of Owego Police Department will not have coverage for the Village of Owego between the hours of 11pm and 7am.  This is due to a lack of manpower within the department.  Any police matters during those hours will be handled by the Tioga Couty Sheriffs Department or the New York State Police if a report is made between those hours in the month of September.  This announcement comes after the village board declined to fill two full-time positions on the village police force, even though the positions were budgeted for this year.

Better protection for local officers

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Binghamton Thursday to announce more than a dozen law enforcement agencies in the area will now have better protection.  The state will help purchase 175 bulletproof vests for 14 agencies in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  The money is awarded through the attorney general’s inVEST Partnership, a program that helps law enforcement agencies across the state buy bulletproof vests for officers.  The National Institute of Justice estimates that bulletproof vests have saved the lives of more than 3,000 officers in the past 20 years.  In Tioga County…the Waverly Police Department received 2,000 dollars toward bulletproof vests, and in Broome County the City of Binghamton, Johnson City Police Department, and Village of Endicott Police Department all received money towards vests.

Ithaca PBA not happy with new plans

Ithaca’s mayor announced this week, he wants some changes within the police department.  Body cams, Dashboard cams, Incoming officers being required to live in the city…Just some of Mayor Svante Myrick’s proposals.  But Ithaca’s police union had its response and they’re not happy.  The Ithaca Police Benevolent Association released a statement saying… “First and foremost, the Mayor fails to acknowledge that the Police Department currently does an excellent job at providing unparalleled police services to our community.”   In the plan, The mayor wants a 10% increase in staffing.   The PBA says this portion is extremely misleading and IPD has seen a 13% decrease and “replacing officers that retire isn’t increasing staff.”  The PBA goes on to say the idea of officers using body and dashboard cams is a topic worth exploring but with insufficient staff, who would review the video?   And as for the plan to have incoming officers reside in the city because the mayor believes the police would more invested.. the PBA says  “that’s inaccurate and unsupported and a slap in the face.”   The Ithaca PBA says they’re on board with the Mayor’s long time plan to open a district office on the West End and they’ve been looking forward to it.

Construction update

A few months into phase one of the Prospect Mountain project, and the state DOT says everything is running smoothly. Chenango Street will have a new bridge, and the infamous ‘Kamikaze Curve’ between 17 and 81 will be smoothed out.  Part of fixing the Chenango Street bridge is adding concrete frames, each of which weighs about 60,000 pounds. Closing roads has delayed drivers near Prospect Mountain, but the DOT says it’ll be worth it when the construction is over.  Commutes are longer near the 17/81 interchange, but the construction project has brought jobs to the area.  The DOT hopes the wider bridge and highways can make driving easier for people in the Southern Tier

Press conference at Tioga Downs Tuesday

AT THE TIOGA DOWNS PRESS CONFERENCE, PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER TOM OSIECKI TALKED ABOUT AN UPCOMING PUBLIC COMMENT EVENT ON SEPT. 24TH IN ITHACA.  AND THE BIG ANNOUCEMENT WAS ABOUT THE NEW SPA OPERATORS ONCE THEY OPEN UP THE NEW HOTEL AT TIOGA DOWNS.  AGELESS SPA…RUN BY MIKE AND MICHELLE CILIP.  THEY HAVE LOCATIONS IN THE ARNOT MALL AND IN THE RADISSON HOTEL IN CORNING.   A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT STARTED SMALL, AND HAS GROWN INTO A THRIVING BUSINESS GROWING FROM 2 TO 40 EMPLOYEES.  SO WHAT CAN WE EXPECT WITH THE NEW SPA? MASSAGES, FACIALS, SKIN CARE, AND OTHER MEDICAL PROVEN AND ESTABLISHED SERVICES.  ALSO DISCUSSED WAS THE UPCOMING “BUSINESS NETWORKING FAIR” ON SEPTEMBER 12TH FROM 11AM TO 2PM.  THIS WILL PRESENT AN OPPORTUINTY FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES TO INTRODUCE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AND ALLOW THEM TO BRAINSTORM WITH THE TEAM AT TIOGA DOWNS TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP AND STIMULATE THE SOUTHERN TIER ECONOMY.

Board meeting cancelled

A Vestal town board work session scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening has been canceled.  The town board will hold its next regular meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the town hall, at 605 Vestal Parkway West.