Man Arrested after Forcibly Taking Daughter

The man who took his daughter after a domestic dispute Sunday was found later that day and taken into custody without incident, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

43-year-old Robert Howard, Jr. forcibly took his 8-year-old daughter from a residence on Oakdale Road in Johnson City around 2:30pm.

After several hours of looking for the two, Tioga County Sheriff’s Deputies found them at a motel in the Town of Owego around 11:30pm.

Howard was taken to the Broome County Jail on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say his daughter was turned over to a family friend.

21st Ernie Davis Classic Wednesday

The Southern Tier’s best high school football seniors will play Wednesday at Union-Endicott High School in the annual Ernie Davis Classic.

Seniors have been split up into two teams for the 21st annual edition. The East team is made up of players from Broome, Chenango and Delaware Counties while the West contains seniors from Tioga, Tompkins and Chemung County schools.

Seven seniors from Division 4 champion Owego will play for the West: Dan Baileys, Jonah Barnhart, Clark Evans, Alex Jones, Mark Merritt, Jake Pickett and Joe Terenzi.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm at Ty Cobb Stadium.

The teams have alternated wins every year since 2003. The East leads the all-time series 13-7.

Volunteers Needed for Lights on the River

The Tioga County Tourism Office is looking for volunteers to help switch on lights for their annual Lights on the River Festival.

The fourth annual event will be held Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 8:30pm in downtown Owego.

A few volunteers are still needed to flip light switches at exactly the same time, while others are needed to help direct people into parking spaces at Marvin Park.

If you’d like to volunteer, call the Tourism Office at 687-7440.

For more information about the festival, visit www.lightsontheriver.com.

Former Owego Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

A former priest who once served in Owego has pled guilty to sexually abusing a teenage boy.

83-year-old Ralph Johnson – who now lives in Gibson Township, PA – pled guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in Susquehanna County Court on Friday.

Johnson faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

The former rector of St. Paul’s in Owego was deposed as a priest in 2006 after another priest at the church made the diocese aware of sexual abuse allegations.

Johnson was arrested in Susquehanna County in February and charged with 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of a boy. Police say the incidents occurred at the former priest’s home from 1992 to 1995 when the victim was between 11 and 13 years old.

Forum on Owego Parks Monday

A community forum on Owego’s parks will be held Monday at the Owego Elks Lodge.

Village trustee Jane Woody and Bob Bassett of the Charles H. Bassett Youth Foundation will host the meeting from 6 to 7:30pm. It will include a history and inventory of Owego parks in addition to information on the new Owego dog park and the proposed Gateway Park on Front Street.

All members of the public are invited to make comments and suggestions.

STAC Soccer All-Stars Announced

The Southern Tier Athletic Conference announced their girls’ and boys’ soccer all-stars Thursday.

For the girls, STAC champion Owego put four players on the league’s Central/East All-Conference Team: Lexi Hilliker, Courtney Malia, Mandy Spadine and goalie Brittany Rando.

The Metro/West team features Liz Howell and Erica Eiche from Vestal, Union-Endicott’s Abby Renfro and Maine-Endwell players Taylor Enty, Keggen Griffith and Erin Savoldy.

For the boys’, Owego’s Camden Bushen was joined on the Central/East All-Conference team by three Johnson City Wildcats: Dominick Vitali, Evan Baileys and Hans Purtell.

Union-Endicott goalkeeper Alex Arbes was named to the Metro/West All-Conference team along with Adam Kozecke from Maine-Endwell and Vestal players Alex Pelto, Geno Rocco and Nate Economou.

Net Gain of 250 Jobs at Lockheed-Owego

300 new jobs will come to Lockheed Martin in Owego, but 40 jobs will be eliminated from the site by the end of 2011.

The company announced some restructuring Thursday. Lockheed will move all manufacturing work from their Middle River, MD site by the end of next year and close their plant in Eagan, MN by 2013. 300 of the positions from those two sites will be moved to Owego, according to company spokesman Jeff Brown.

In addition, the company’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, currently based in Owego, will move to Dallas next year. Brown says the move will eliminate around 40 jobs locally, but those employees will be offered a chance to transfer with the program.

Lockheed Martin says the changes will save approximately $150 million over the next 10 years.

Candor Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Act

A Candor man has been arrested and accused of having sexual contact with a teenager.

51-year-old Stephen B. Newman of Owego Road in Candor is charged with eight counts of criminal sexual act, all felonies, and eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Investigators say Newman had sexual contact with a person under the age of 15 on at least eight different occasions from June to August of 2009.

He was arrested at his home on Tuesday, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. They confiscated several items for evidence.

Newman was taken to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail after he was arraigned on the charges.

He has worked as a supervisor for the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, or TCAT, system for 11 years. Newman has been put on administrative leave.