A car was found partially submerged in a pond in Richford last night. Scanner reports indicate that the car was submerged in a pond off of Creamery Road. According to first responders on scene, no one was found in the vehicle when they arrived. EMS crews, fire personnel, and law enforcement officers were all dispatched to the scene. No additional information has been released at this time.
A portion of Route 38 was closed this morning in Richford after a head-on collision between a tractor trailer and a minivan. It was reported around 8:45am on the section of highway just north of its intersection with Route 79. The driver of the minivan had to extricated from the vehicle and transported from the scene by a life-flight helicopter. Richford Fire Department responded to the accident, along with ambulances from Maine and Bangs, and members of both the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. A hazmat team was also called to the scene. The investigation continues into the cause of the crash. Neither driver has been identified.
Several fire departments were called to the scene of a structure fire on Wilson Creek Road in Newark Valley this morning. The fire was reported to 911 just before 2:30am. Newark Valley crews were first on scene. Soon after the Weltonville Fire Department, Maine Fire and EMS, Richford Fire, Berkshire Fire, and the West Corners Fast Team responded as mutual aid. A fire investigation team has been called in to determine the cause of the fire. No additional information is available at this time.
The Newark Valley Central School District has received the results of a state audit out of the New York State Comptroller’s Office. The audit was held from July 1st, 2014 to October 13th, 2015. In the audit’s look the district’s financial management, it described the district as being adequate in its continued efforts in areas such as: budget planning, monitoring, and controlling, as well as, in both capital and financial planning. Auditors recommend that the district now use their long-term projections as a long-term financial planning tool. The Newark Valley School District is comprised of 10 towns across Tioga, Broome, Cortland, and Tompkins Counties. A link to the full audit report can be found here: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2016/newarkvalley.pdf
As of January 1st, Northern Tioga EMS, formerly known as Berkshire EMS, will cease operations. The EMS service provider covers the areas of Newark Valley, Berkshire and Richford. The inability to keep the service adequately staffed is said to be the cause of the shut down. Maine EMS out of Broome County is said to be stepping in to fill the soon-to-be lack in coverage for Northern Tioga County. Maine EMS plans to staff this area with paid EMS providers.
Primaries were held across New York State yesterday, including right here in Tioga County. A total of 1,294 votes were casted for Tioga County Clerk. Candidate Andrea Klett won the majority with 857 votes. Elections for Town Officials were also held throughout the county: In the Town of Tioga, Brenda Middendorf won the primary for Town Clerk. Paul Martin also collected the majority for Town Justice. In Candor, Connie Kulze received the majority for Town Clerk. In Richford, William Stell and Cynthia Herrick won the majority for Town Councilman.
A Richford man was arrested for his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Whitney Point. 23-year-old Darren Ryan of Richford, was involved in a fight in front of the Half Time Lounge on Main Street in which he allegedly struck another man in the face with a beer bottle, causing a large laceration to the victim’s face. Ryan then reportedly smashed the victim’s head off the ground multiple times, and the victim had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. Ryan was located and charged with assault, and was arraigned in the Town of Chenango Court and released pending further court action.
A workout fundraiser was held over the weekend to benefit the Richford family who lost their four-year-old son and their home in a fire in January, and so far over $1,500 has been raised. Over fifty people attended Sunday’s fundraiser at Iron Mind Performance and Fitness. Back on January 7th, Trent Hulse did not survive a fire at his family’s home on West Creek Road. His parents and siblings were able to safely escape, and their home was a total loss.