Owego, Newark Valley, and Endicott are just a few of the local beneficiaries of $40 million in Restore New York grants. The Village of Owego has been awarded $500,000 for a gateway project in the historic district, while the Village of Newark Valley will receive $100,000 to demolish a former ladder factory. The Village of Endicott has been awarded $440,000 to tear down a property on Madison Avenue and construct a parking lot in its place. Their award will also be used to rehabilitate the former Broad Street Elementary School into a building that can be used by other businesses.
The Endicott Fire Department was called to reports of a structure fire at After Hours Tires overnight. The call came in around 2:30am for reports of a fire at 701 North Street in the village. When firefighters arrived, they found a flat bed truck on fire inside the building. The vehicle was towed out and the flames were extinguished. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.
Endicott Police are investigating a report of shots fired on West Edwards Street Tuesday morning. The shots were reported around 8am in the area of 307 West Edwards Street, but no injuries were reported. The 300 block of the street remains closed while the incident is investigated by Endicott Police with the help of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. The nearby UHS Senior Living Facility at Ideal was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes after the report of shots fired. It has since reopened.
A Broome County Grand Jury has indicted a man for shooting another man and a dog in West Corners last month. 35-year-old Paul Warner is facing attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, and torturing an animal charges in connection with the incident on Carl Street on Sept. 24. One man and his dog were both shot, and are recovering from their wounds. Three others were arrested in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation by state police. Warner remains in the Broome County Jail.
A boil water advisory remains in effect for Endicott, Endwell, and West Corners residents as the village continues to repair the water main break on Harrison Avenue. Both the Union-Endicott and Maine-Endwell school districts reopened today after being off yesterday. The water main break happened around 8pm Tuesday. The village is waiting on test results before the water is declared safe to drink, and the advisory could last until some time Friday.
The Union-Endicott School District is dealing with the sudden loss of one of their high school teachers. Rick Friend, a popular social studies teacher, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 56. The native of England taught in the district for 26 years and also ran the district’s Mock Trial club. The district said in a statement that they were saddened by his passing and are making counselors available for students and staff. Friend is survived by his wife and children. Calling hours will be held Thursday in Newark Valley.
The Village of Endicott will receive some help from the state to pay for an upgrade to their water system. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $13.7 million in grants yesterday to support eight water infrastructure projects across the Southern Tier, including in Endicott. The village will receive an $875,000 grant and a low interest loan to cover the rest of the $3.5 million project to improve their drinking water. A total of $14.2 million in interest-free and low-interest loans will be provided with the grants. The monetary awards are part of the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. The rest of the awards announced yesterday went to Arkport, Delhi, Dix, Guilford, Hornell, Sidney, and Stamford.
A mother and father are being charged with manslaughter in connection to the sudden death of their 5-year-old son earlier this year. 45-year-old Charles Burks, and 40-year-old Jennifer Burks, both of Endicott, are said to have given their son oxycodone. Their son died of an overdose on the drug. Following the boy’s death on May 7th, Charles and Jennifer Burks moved to a North Carolina campground unannounced. Communication between the Endicott Police Department, and North Carolina authorities led to the couple’s arrest.