Broome County

Armed Robbery in Johnson City

Johnson City Police are looking for the man responsible for robbing a gas station and convenience store at gunpoint last night. Police say a white male entered the convenience store at 143 Riverside Drive around 9:30pm, showed a handgun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. The man ran along the street towards Binghamton after leaving the store. Police say he was wearing a dark brown hoodie, blue jeans, and a scarf over his face. Their investigation continues.

BCSO: Woman driving drunk with children in car

A Binghamton woman is facing multiple charges after police say she was driving drunk with four children inside her vehicle early Saturday morning. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Alicia Newman was observed driving erratically on Conklin Road just after 1am Saturday by a deputy, who pulled the woman over. Newman failed sobriety tests at the scene and was taken into custody after her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit. She was also driving with a revoked license from a previous DWI conviction and is now facing four felony charges. The children were picked up at the scene by a relative.

Four people shot in Binghamton Friday

Binghamton Police have charged one person in connection with a shooting on Susquehanna Street Friday that left four people injured, including the alleged shooter. Binghamton Police say it started inside the Yellow Deli at 121 Susquehanna Street just after 2:30pm when 20-year-old Fuquan Campbell got into a physical altercation with two other individuals. Investigators say he was armed with a handgun and at some point pulled his weapon out and shot the two other individuals, as well as a 15-year-old bystander and himself on accident. All four are expected to survive, and the bystander was treated at the scene. The other three were taken to the hospital. Campbell is facing charges for attempted assault. Police are still searching for the weapon used in the shooting.

Garnar holds state of the county address

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar delivered his first State of the County address last night. He touched on several topics, including the result of a recent hiring freeze, responding to the heroin epidemic, and increasing traffic at the airport. When he took office, Garnar started a hiring freeze for the county due to their financial difficulties. He says that effort has already saved taxpayers $90,000. On drugs, Garnar says they will soon announce the details of a multi-agency program to help people find treatment for abuse. The Greater Binghamton Airport is down to one carrier, and Garnar says the county is working to develop a new strategic plan and increase marketing. He also wants SUNY Broome to begin offering an FAA-approved aircraft maintenance program in anticipation of more carriers calling BGM home in the future.

Broome County announces rabies clinics

The Broome County Health Department has scheduled 19 rabies vaccination clinics for 2017. The first one will be held Saturday in Vestal. The clinics are free for all Broome County residents, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per pet. The full clinic schedule is available on the county website at www.gobroomecounty.com.

American Airlines fly out of ELM & BGM for final time

American Airlines flights left two local airports for the final time yesterday. The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport said it was a shame to lose the carrier, but they still have several other airlines available for travelers. They are also planning a $40 million renovation project starting soon that will expand the terminal, add parking and a restaurant over the next two years. The last American Airlines flight to Philadelphia departed the Greater Binghamton Airport at 5:30pm, leaving Delta as the only airline to utilize BGM. The carrier will begin offering three flights per day to Detroit next month.

Union town supervisor under investigation

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak is facing an internal investigation following a series of complaints that she has been harassing employees. A town board meeting last night became heated when Sotak used her power to block resolutions that would have released details about the investigation to the public and allowed the town to hire a lawyer to look at legally removing her from office. They will now be considered at their March 1 meeting. The internal investigation began with one employee complaint, but board members say it uncovered a widespread issue. Sotak denied the charges in a statement.

Stabbing suspect turns himself in

The man wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Binghamton turned himself in to police yesterday. 25-year-old Juan Lopez-Laboy is accused of stabbing 31-year-old Santos Echevarria to death in the parking lot of Town & Country Apartments early Sunday. Lopez-Laboy was arraigned in city court yesterday on a charge of second-degree murder and remanded to the Broome County Jail. Police say the Puerto Rico native has lived in Binghamton for the last two years. No motive for the stabbing has been released, and police are still investigating.