Law passed in Owego

The Village of Owego board voted Monday to pass a law prohibiting Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from living within 1000 feet of places designated as “vulnerable entities,” including schools, libraries and community centers. The law, once effective, will create an exclusion zone that bans offenders from residing in about half of the village.  The law passed by a vote of 5 to 1, with one abstention from Mayor Kevin Millar. The last to cast his vote, Millar said he chose to abstain because of a pending New York State Court of Appeals decision on a similar law in Nassau County.  A map handed out at Monday night’s board meeting lists nine different types of vulnerable entities. Places of worship, domestic violence service centers, homeless housing, registered family daycares, registered school-age child care and youth organizations are included on the list.

Local schools get pre-K funding

Governor Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children.  The funding, included in the 2014-15 State Budget, is the first installment as part of the State’s investment of $1.5 billion over five years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program.  The following school districts were among those selected:

-Whitney Point

-Spencer-Van Etten

-Watkins Glen

81 applicants will receive funding under the Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program, representing all regions in the State. The program will result in new full-day pre-kindergarten placements and convert existing half-day placements to full-day placements that meet new program requirements.  The awards are preliminary, pending the review and approval of the New York State Comptroller.


I-88 travel advisory

Motorists are advised that Interstate 88 eastbound and westbound between Chenango Bridge exit 2 and Port Crane exit 3 will undergo pavement rehabilitation beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. There will be alternating lane closures that will be three miles long between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, weather permitting through September 30.  Lane closures will be removed at the end of each work day.

One Dead In Motorcycle Crash In Apalachin

One man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Apalachin Sunday afternoon.  New York State Police said a man on a Yamaha motorcycle collided with a car and died at the scene.  It happened on Route 434 at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue.  The New York State Police at Owego responded to the scene. Investigation revealed that a 1997 Buick four door sedan being operated by 71 year old Donald Ulmer Sr. of Little Meadows, PA, was travelling westbound on State Route 434 and turned left (south) onto Pennsylvania Avenue in front of a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle being operated by 43 year old Auburn D. Lyons of South Gibson, PA who was traveling eastbound on State Route 434 approaching the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue. Lyons was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Tioga County Coroner.  An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Lyons on August 18, 2014 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton.  The area of the intersection was closed for hours.  Crews worked to clean up the scene.  The NY State DOT and the Apalachin Fire Department assisted state police on site.  The investigation into the incident continues.

Ithaca Man Arrested

An Ithaca man was charged with attempted burglary and criminal mischief early Monday morning.  Jonathan Dobbs, 23, was arrested by Ithaca Police.  Just after 1 a.m., officers responded to John’s Convenience Store at 333 West State Street, for a business alarm.  Officers noticed the front glass door was damaged.  Dobbs was found hiding in the bushes nearby.  Surveillance video showed him hitting the glass door trying to break in to the store, according to police.

Langer wins Dick’s Open in Endicott

Bernhard Langer shot a final round 66 (6 under par) and finished at 16-under to win the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En-joie Golf Club in Endicott.  The win marks his 23rd career Champions Tour victory, and fifth on the tour this year.   To make things even more special this week, Langer’s daughter, Christina, was his caddy, and his son was up from New York to watch Langer’s victory.  Locally…it was a great turnout this year for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.  Officials from the open said they’ve seen averages of about 40,000 people a day.  This is the 8th year Dick’s has hosted the open and it has generated nearly $13 million for local charities.

Travel Advisories

Endicott residents who travel on North Adams Avenue will need to find an alternative route today.  Milling will begin on Witherill Street and will head south towards Watson Boulevard. Residents are asked to park their vehicles in their driveways or on Witherell Street. The milling is part of Endicott’s 2014 paving program.  Motorists are advised that Interstate 81 southbound between the Front Street/SUNY Broome exit 5 and the Hillcrest/Binghamton exit (4) will be reduced to one lane for the removal of the existing State Route 17 westbound bridge over Interstate 81 southbound.  This work is expected to be completed by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, weather permitting.

Four Law Agencies Arrest Burglar

The Binghamton Police Department, with the assistance of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and the Waverly Police Department, arrested a Waverly man on three counts of burglary. 27-year-old Cody Blake has been charged with robbing a Hayes Street residence on August 8th, an Otseningo Street residence on August 9th, and a Belden Street residence on August 9th in Binghamton. Police officers executed a search warrant yesterday at Blake’s Waverly home, where they found several of the stolen items from these burglarized properties. Blake has been taken into custody and is currently awaiting arraignment.

Residents Arrested for Stealing Scrap Metal

Two Broome County residents were arrested after allegedly stealing scrap metal. 28-year-old Derek Greco of Endicott, and 25-year-old Shelissa Cole of Endwell were charged with criminal trespassing and petit larceny. The arrest resulted from a report of two suspects possibly stealing scrap metal from the rail road work near Airport Road and Bornt Hill Road in the town of Union. By the time police arrived the suspects had about 20 pieces of scrap metal in the back of their Chevrolet pick-up truck worth about $50. Both Greco and Cole were issued tickets returnable to the town of Union Court on August 19th.