Binghamton University has organized a way to accept unwanted items from college students as they move out of their dorm rooms or apartments for summer break. The “Ditch the Dumpster” campaign asks students to think about donating their unused or unwanted items instead of just throwing them into the garbage. Donated items include furniture, household goods, clothing, books, and useable food items. Any food that is collected goes to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse. The university says they collected more than 34,000 pounds of goods last year. This year’s campaign started May 10 and will continue through this Friday.
An Endicott man is now facing federal child pornography charges. 58-year-old Richard Squires was already facing state charges, but is now facing federal counts after he was accused of taking inappropriate pictures and videos of three teenage girls during a sleepover four years ago. The girls told FBI agents that Squires forced them to do inappropriate activities during a game of truth or dare. Squires remains in the Broome County Jail without bail. He was arrested by Endicott Police on April 14.
A historical plaque that had gone missing in Owego has been found and will be returned to the owner. The plaque honoring World War II Corporal Margaret Hastings went missing from its post on McMaster Street over the weekend. The marker was dedicated last year at the childhood home of Hastings, a woman who survived 47 days in a New Guinea jungle after a plane crash in 1941 that killed 21 people. The sign was found on Main Street and will be returned to the homeowner today by the Owego Police Department.
A Bradford County man was killed in a crash over the weekend. Police say Derek Pierce of Gillet was killed when his car drove off the road, into an embankment, and hit a tree on Route 14 in South Creek Township around 5am Saturday. Pierce was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
The Johnson City Police Department has arrested a Binghamton man for causing a disturbance at the Wal-Mart that included breaking the cell phone of the store’s manager. Police say it started on May 12 when 27-year-old Jonathan Morales was not allowed to buy alcohol and asked to leave the store. He refused and grabbed the cell phone out of the store manager’s hand and broke it on the ground. Morales is now charged with grand larceny and two counts of criminal mischief.
Elmira Police are warning parents about new drugs that are disguised to look like candy. It may look like a pile of Sweet Tarts, but police say it’s actually something more dangerous. The candies have been found to contain substances like heroin or Xanax. They also may be imprinted with name brands to hide what they are. If you have seen anything like this, please call police. They say only give candy to your children that you purchased from the store.
It was graduation weekend for Binghamton University and Ithaca College. At BU, the school handed out nearly 3,700 bachelor’s and master’s degrees over seven ceremonies in the Events Center. Yesterday’s Harpur College ceremony included commencement speaker Tony Kornheiser. The sportswriter and TV personality graduated from BU in 1970. Senator Charles Schumer spoke at one of the other ceremonies. Ithaca College hosted their commencement ceremony yesterday at Butterfield Stadium. 1969 graduate Bill D’Elia – an executive producer and director of the TV series “How to Get Away with Murder” – was this year’s commencement speaker. Cornell University will hold graduation ceremonies next weekend, while Cortland honored their graduates last week.
The Last Chapter and driver Drew Monti won the featured event yesterday at Tioga Downs, the $22,500 Williams Auto Trot. The exciting race included several lead changes before The Last Chapter took control down the stretch. Royal Casanova and TT Conway rounded out the top three. Tioga Downs will be off this Friday, but return to action with racing on Saturday and Sunday nights. Sunday’s event will feature the return of the New York Sire Stakes. A special race day will be held on Memorial Day beginning at 1pm. More information can be found online at www.tiogadowns.com.