Former senator Tom Libous was sentenced in Federal Court yesterday, after being convicted of lying to the FBI earlier this year. Libous was sentenced to six months house arrest, two years probation, and received a fine of $50,000. Libous’ defense had pleaded with federal judge Vincent Briccetti to show mercy in sentencing as Libous’ health continues to decline as a result of his fight with cancer. With a charge of lying to the FBI, Libous could have seen significant jail time.
A couple from the Town of Candor has lost their life savings and one local contractor is behind bars following a recent scam. Gregory and Carrie Maier of Candor hired local construction company Freelance Construction and Concrete to build their dream home. The couple was asked to place $22,000 down before construction could begin. But even after the exchange of money, construction did not begin. The couple met with a representative of the company, Timothy Rympkema, to file paper work to amend their contract, and also to ask where their money went. The couple was not given any information on where their money had gone to, and was informed by New York State Police that this is a criminal matter. Rympkema is currently being held at the Tioga County Jail without bail.
- Saturday, Nov. 28 DOUBLEHEADER Newark Valley at Candor Girls 5pm/Boys 7pm
- Friday, Dec. 4 Candor at Waverly (Boys), 7pm
- Friday, Dec. 11 Norwich at Owego (Boys), 7pm
- Tuesday, Dec. 15 Johnson City at Owego (Girls), 7pm
- Friday, Dec. 18 Thomas A. Edison at Waverly (Girls), 7pm
- Wednesday, Dec. 23 Chenango Forks at Owego (Boys), 7pm
- Wednesday, Jan. 6 Seton at Owego (Boys), 7pm
- Friday, Jan. 8 Newark Valley at Tioga (Girls), 7pm
- Tuesday, Jan. 12 Elmira Notre Dame at Tioga (Boys), 7pm
- Friday, Jan. 15 Johnson City at Owego (Boys), 7pm
- Tuesday, Jan. 19 Waverly at Owego (Boys), 7pm
- Friday, Jan. 22 Waverly at Newark Valley (Boys), 7pm
- Friday, Jan. 29 Oneonta at Owego (Girls), 7pm
- Friday, Feb. 5 Seton at Owego (Girls), 7pm
- PLAYOFFS TBD
Syracuse University has dismissed their head football coach. Scott Shafer will be let go at the end of the season after posting a 13-23 record since he was hired in 2013. He will coach his last game for the Orange as they host Boston College this Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is at 12:30pm and it will be heard live on WEBO. The Orange are mired in an eight-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0. Shafer was promoted from defensive coordinator after Doug Marrone left SU to coach the Buffalo Bills. A national search for his replacement is underway.
A public hearing was held at the Tioga County Office Building last night to further discuss the possibility of creating a fire district in the Village of Owego. By creating a fire district, all fire and EMS related decisions for the proposed district would be made through a fire board as opposed to the Village Board. Members of the Village of Owego Board, Town of Owego Board, and Town of Tioga Board were all present at last night’s hearing as the proposed district would carve out portions of the already-established fire department coverage areas. The three boards are expected to reconvene on the matter on January 6th.
The bill aimed at continuing support for residents of the Broome Developmental Center has been vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch last week, wanted to make sure residents continue to get the help they need after the BDC closes next year. Cuomo said the proposal went against federal mandates which require states to put those needing mental healthcare in the least restrictive setting as possible. The current plan is to send BDC patients to group homes after the center closes. The legislature can vote to override the veto next year.
The Binghamton Mets are throwing their support behind the Binghamton Police Department’s Toys for Tots drive. Starting on November 30th and continuing through December 18th, members of the community can donate new, unwrapped toys at NYSEG Stadium during normal business hours, and receive a free Binghamton Mets ticket for opening day of B-Mets Baseball in April. The toys donated will be distributed to children in need in our area for this holiday season.
The Owego Free Academy volleyball team won their second state title in three years on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Long Island’s John Glenn in the finals. After splitting the first two games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Indians took the last two to win the New York State Class B Championship, a title they also won in 2013. Owego qualified for Sunday’s title match after posting the best record in Saturday’s pool play at 5-1. OFA Coach Brittney Race was a guest on the WEBO Morning Show today.
“The nice thing about this team is they are so well-rounded,” she said. “It’s not one or two of them that leads the team, it’s all 14 of them.”
Kim Lavender was selected as the tournament’s most valuable player. Bella Coleman and Madison Delaney were named to the all-tourney team. Coach Race said the team was helped by huge support from the community.
“Everybody was just awesome. We got several compliments from other teams saying our fans really rocked the (Glens Falls Civic Center) and they really, truly did. They were huge for us.”
It is the fourth overall state title for OFA.
Authorities were dispatched to Broome-Tioga BOCES on Friday for a report of a student wielding a black handgun. Initial reports indicated that 16-year-old Michael King of Binghamton was showing off a firearm to fellow students in the men’s bathroom at BOCES, and then placed it in his waistband upon exiting. After a brief investigation, authorities determined that the fire arm was a BB gun, however, the orange tip had been removed, and it was almost an exact replica of a model 1911 handgun. Authorities charged King on a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon.