The Johnson City Police Department issued a public health alert Saturday after three people fatally overdosed on heroin in a 10-hour span. Police believe a “bad batch” of heroin was circulated around the area late last week and want to warn any potential heroin users of the increased overdose risk. They are continuing to investigate. Free Narcan kits are available at the Tioga County Health Department, which is located in the county’s Health and Human Services Building on Route 38 in Owego. They are also available without a prescription for a small fee at all local pharmacies.
An Endicott Police Officer was injured in an accident at the intersection of Oak Hill Avenue and Watson Boulevard last night. Police say the officer was driving southbound on Oak Hill in a marked patrol car around 5:45pm when it collided with another car that was traveling on Watson Boulevard. Three people, including the officer, were transported to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City with minor injuries. Police say additional details may be released once they conclude their investigation. They declined to identify anyone involved in the accident.
Many local students are taking part in SUNY Broome’s Fast Forward and Early College programs, and will now have the chance to participate in an online academy at the college. The college’s program coordinator Katie Bucci was on the WEBO Morning Show today.
“We have a new initiative starting in the fall, the Early College Online Academy (ECOA),” Katie Bucci told the WEBO Morning Show. “Those are five special classes that are offered completely online by our faculty at SUNY Broome to high school students. Those courses will be offered at a 66% tuition discount.”
The online academy joins Fast Forward and Early College to allow students three different ways to get a head start on their college degree, accumulate transferable credits, and prepare for higher education, all while still enrolled in high school. More information is available on the SUNY Broome website. The full interview with Bucci is available below.
The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling garbage was injured when his vehicle rolled over near the Airport Road Exit of Route 17 Westbound yesterday. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Donald Gardner of Canastota lost control of the vehicle around 5:30pm, rolling the tractor-trailer into the grass median between Airport Road and the Exit 71N off ramp and spilling the garbage. One lane of the highway in the area was closed for several hours for cleanup and Gardner was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Deputies are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Binghamton Police are warning residents to make sure that their car doors are locked after they arrested a man overnight who was pulling on door handles of parked vehicles. 49-year-old Eric Degroat is accused of grand larceny after he pulled a wallet from an unlocked car. That wallet was recovered by officers after the man was taken into custody. Besides locking your doors, police advise that you don’t leave anything valuable inside your vehicle, and to try and park in a well-lit area if possible.
CHOW and the United Way of Broome County are teaming up to help provide groceries to the residents of Binghamton’s North Side with a mobile grocery store this summer. The area has been without a store for many years, so CHOW and the United Way decided to bring one in on wheels. The fully-refrigerated bus will include everything from canned goods to meats and dairy products. Everything on the bus will be priced between $1 and $3, and they will also offer fresh fruits and vegetables to North Side residents. The bus will begin serving the community June 30.
State Senator Fred Akshar will continue his fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic this Saturday, as he partners with Binghamton Mayor Rich David and the Southern Tier AIDS Program to host a “Shed the Meds” prescription turn-in event and free Narcan training in Binghamton. Unwanted prescriptions can be turned in for disposal with no questions asked from 12-2pm at the Binghamton Fire Department Training Center on Belden Street. STAP’s free Narcan training will be held at the same location at 1pm. Space is limited, so please register online at akshar.nysenate.gov. Senator Akshar’s office says more than 500 pounds of prescriptions have been collected across his district in these events with an estimated street value of over $180,000.
A major weapons seizure has been made in Broome County. District Attorney Steve Cornwell and local law enforcement officials announced the arrest of 65-year-old Ramadan Abdullah yesterday after four handguns, eight assault weapons, one shotgun, and two rifles were seized from his storage unit. They also recovered thousands of rounds of ammunition and another loaded firearm at other properties he owns. The search warrants were issued after Abdullah was arrested by Johnson City Police for shoplifting ammunition from a local store. He is now facing several felony charges for criminal possession of a weapon and remains in the Broome County Jail without bail.