Tioga Downs to Partner with Tioga Country Club

Tioga Downs made their latest big announcement today, as the casino looks to up the ante on its expansion plans. The Nichols facility announced that it has signed a lease option for the Tioga Country Club, contingent upon Tioga Downs receiving the Southern Tier’s full casino license later in the year.

Tioga Downs has paid an option price of $50,000 which will be in place until all four of the gaming licenses are awarded. If Tioga Downs were to receive the license, they will be paying all operating expenses, mortgages, and property taxes at the golf course. They will also be building a new clubhouse, pictured below.


An artist’s rendition of the new clubhouse at Tioga Country Club.

The state is expected to announce sometime this fall which groups will be granted a full casino license.

Owego Woman Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

An Owego woman has pleaded guilty to grand larceny after she is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the boutique at which she was employed. 47-year-old Maria McGuane pleaded guilty in Tioga County Court to a felony count of third-degree grand larceny. McGuane admitted to stealing money from Impressions by Brianna, a boutique on Sherwood Drive in Endicott. McGuane was indicted back in November after allegedly stealing over $50,000 between September of 2006 and May of 2012. She is said to have purchased items at Staples office supply store for personal use, taken cash while making deposits for the business at Chemung Canal Bank, and also kept cash transactions rather than depositing them into the business’s account. McGuane had worked at the boutique since 1999 and was the office manager at the time of her initial arrest last year at the end of May. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19th.

Waverly Police Searching for Meth Lab Suspect

The Waverly Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted in the case of Monday’s mobile methamphetamine lab. The department is actively looking for 26-year-old Joshua Donahue. Donahue is wanted for criminal manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, and possession of precursors to methamphetamine, all felonies. The charges come after a member of the Waverly Police Department spotted a red Jeep committing traffic infractions on Chemung Street early Monday morning, and after attempting to pull the Jeep over, a brief chase ensued. The Jeep was found crashed and abandoned in a backyard along Waverly Street. Upon investigation, police found a number of suspicious items inside the vehicle that were indicative of a meth lab. Donahue has connections to the Spencer, Ithaca, Sayre, Athens, and Rome areas. If anyone has information on his whereabouts, please contact the Waverly Police at 607-565-2836, or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Additional False Child Abuse Claims Connected to Whitney Point Man

After it was reported by on Wednesday that a Whitney Point man had made 48 false reports of child abuse from September through February, officials are now saying that 35 additional false claims were made from the same location. 43-year-old Harry Clauson was arrested by State Police after making false reports of child abuse, and in some cases, falsely using individuals’ names to make the reports without their knowledge. Now police say that 83 total calls to the child abuse hotline came from the location where Clauson made his calls. The suspect in the other 35 calls has reportedly not been charged. Clauson has been sent to the Broome County jail on $1,000 cash bail.

Binghamton Man Charged After Shooting Another Man in Foot

A Binghamton man is facing charges after he shot another man in the foot. 31-year-old Clyde Harrison is facing felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree assault after it was determined that he had shot another man in the left foot with a handgun on Saturday. The incident allegedly took place near a residence on Abbott Street in Binghamton. The victim had to be hospitalized for emergency treatment. Harrison was arraigned on the charges in Binghamton City Court.

Dickinson Man Jailed After Stealing from Storage Shed

A Town of Dickinson man has been sent to jail after he allegedly burglarized a residence and storage shed to steal property. 31-year-old Gary Bakay is accused of stealing property from a storage shed on North Broad Street in Dickinson on Tuesday. He was arrested by Broome County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday after the stolen property was found at his residence. Bakay is now facing felony counts of second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned in the Town of Dickinson Court and sent to the Broome County jail.

Binghamton Man Facing Charges Following Break-In

A break-in and assault earlier this month results in charges for a Binghamton man. 22-year-old Jiheje Luckie is accused of unlawfully breaking into a Morgan Street apartment back on April 6th and getting into an argument with a woman who lived at the home. According to police, during the argument, Luckie grabbed the woman’s mobile phone and struck her in the head, causing swelling and dizziness. He is also being accused of pushing the woman away from a door while she tried to leave. Luckie is facing charges of first-degree burglary, a felony, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful imprisonment, assault, and criminal mischief.

Sayre Man Charged in Barton

State Troopers out of Owego arrested a Sayre man for petit larceny and criminal trespass. 24-year-old Richard Vanderpool was arrested following a larceny complaint in Barton on Sunday. Vanderpool was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Barton Court, where he is set to appear on Tuesday.

Tompkins County Jail Inmate Found Dead

An inmate in the Tompkins County jail was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning. 32-year-old Travis Yavits, of Ithaca, was less than twelve hours into a 60-day sentence for larceny conviction when he was found during a routine cell inspection around 3:30 Wednesday morning. Police are saying that Yavits’ death does not appear to be suspicious, with no signs of foul-play, but the official cause of his death remains under investigation. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says that the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office is providing assistance with the investigation, and tests could take several weeks before determining a cause of death.