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.
The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park will hold their 14th-annual Zoo Brew event this Saturday. The popular fundraiser has added wine for attendees, and for the first time ever visitors will be allowed to tour the zoo while sampling craft beer and wine. The event will run from 5:30-8pm this Saturday at the zoo. Besides the tasting, there will also be food, animal meet and greets, and a photo booth. Tickets cost $30 for members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for designated drivers.
Two Binghamton teens are facing burglary and assault charges after breaking into an apartment early Saturday morning and beating the resident inside with a baseball bat. Binghamton Police say 17-year-old Nathaniel Williams and 17-year-old Diamond Criss knocked on the door of 110 Main Street at 2:30am Saturday. When the resident answered, the teens allegedly displayed a handgun and then proceeded to beat the resident with a baseball bat before fleeing once police were called. The teens were taken into custody a short time later, and police recovered ski masks, a bat, and a BB gun from the two. The victim of the attack was treated for minor injuries.
A chase in Binghamton after a domestic dispute Saturday resulted in damages to five vehicles and a house. Binghamton Police were called to 60 Saratoga Avenue for a reported domestic disturbance between a husband and wife at 7pm Saturday. The husband, identified as Edward McCray, is also accused of menacing neighbors with a sharp object and driving his large SUV erratically around the neighborhood. When police arrived, McCray struck two parked vehicles and then rammed two patrol cars as he fled the scene. The chase ended a short time later when his SUV overturned into a house on Macon Street. McCray tried to run on foot but was caught. No one was injured, but McCray is now facing a host of charges, including three counts of attempted aggravated assault of a police officer and driving while intoxicated.
One person is in custody for hitting another man in the head with a baseball bat on Friday night in Binghamton. Police say 20-year-old James Green struck another man with the bat during a disturbance near 127 Susquehanna Street. A woman was also struck in the head, and police are still searching for her attacker. Both victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 607-772-7080.
The City of Binghamton has announced their next project to tackle blight. Officials announced an $11 million project yesterday that will renovate a dozen properties in the city’s First Ward. It includes the rehabilitation of 11 houses on Crandall Street into 40 affordable housing units and the renovation of the historic Sturtevant House into a community center operated by the United Way of Broome County. Construction is set to begin this fall. The project will be funded by a combination of state, local, and private funds.